Murder and Counterrevolution in Mexico


Murder and Counterrevolution in Mexico

The Eyewitness Account of German Ambassador Paul von Hintze, 1912-1914

Edited and with an introduction by Friedrich E. Schuler

The Mexican Experience Series

298 pages
37 photographs


January 2015


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About the Book

Admiral Paul von Hintze arrived in Mexico in the spring of 1911 to serve as Germany’s ambassador to a country in a state of revolution. Germany’s emperor Wilhelm II had selected Hintze as his personal eyes and ears in Mexico (and concomitantly the neighboring United States) during the portentous years leading up to the First World War. The ambassador benefited from a network of informers throughout Mexico and was closely involved in the country’s political and diplomatic machinations as the violent revolution played out.

Murder and Counterrevolution in Mexico presents Hintze’s eyewitness accounts of these turbulent years. Hintze’s diary, telegrams, letters, and other records, translated, edited, and annotated by Friedrich E. Schuler, offer detailed insight into Victoriano Huerta’s overthrow and assassination of Francisco Madero and Huerta’s ensuing dictatorship and chronicle the U.S.-supported resistance.

Showcasing the political relationship between Germany and Mexico, Hintze’s suspenseful, often daily diary entries provide new insight into the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution, including U.S. diplomatic maneuvers and subterfuge, as well as an intriguing backstory to the infamous 1917 Zimmermann Telegram, which precipitated U.S. entry into World War I.

Author Bio

Friedrich E. Schuler is a professor of history and international relations at Portland State University. He is the author of Mexico between Hitler and Roosevelt: Mexican Foreign Relations in the Age of Lázaro Cárdenas, 1934–1940 and Secret Wars and Secret Policies in the Americas, 1842–1929.


“For the first time we have nearly a day-to-day account of the Victoriano Huerta regime in Mexico City in 1913 and its collapse in 1914. [Hintze’s] diary provides an account of the anxieties, schemes, political conflicts, and diplomatic rivalries that crisscrossed the capital city. Friedrich Schuler’s detective work to find the diary and augment it with records from the German ministry of foreign relations makes this an outstanding resource on the Mexican revolutionary era.”—William H. Beezley, author of Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editor's Note

1. An Eyewitness Learns about Revolutionary Mexico: Transnational Impressions

2. The Path to Madero’s Assassination: An Hour-by-Hour Account

3. Getting to Know the Dictator: Victoriano Huerta Governs   

4. Toppling the Mad Tyrant: A Day-by-Day Account of an Ordeal

5. Whisking Huerta into European Exile: Bad Guys Don't Always Die

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