Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico


Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico

Third Edition, New Edition

William H. Beezley
With a new preface by the author

210 pages
1 photograph, 5 illustrations, index


June 2018


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About the Book

Featuring a new preface by the author, this brilliant and eminently readable cultural history looks at Mexican life during the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, from 1876 to 1911. At that time the modernization that Mexico underwent produced a fierce struggle between the traditional and the new, exacerbating class antagonisms in the process. The noted historian William H. Beezley illuminates many facets of everyday Mexican life lying at the heart of this conflict and change, including sports, storytelling, health care, technology, and the traditional Easter‑time Judas burnings that became a primary focus of strife during those years.

This updated volume provides a teacher’s guide, available on the University of Nebraska Press website, offering a manual of internet links, additional readings, and practice experiences that can be used in the classroom or by anyone who wants to go beyond the chapters of this book.

Download the discussion guide.

Author Bio

William H. Beezley is a professor of history at the University of Arizona. He is the author or editor of dozens of books, including Mexicans in Revolution, 1910–1946, with Colin MacLachlan (Nebraska, 2009), Mexico’s Crucial Century, 1810–1910: An Introduction (Nebraska, 2010), and Mexico in World History. Beezley is the editor in chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia for Latin America. In 2017 the Mexican government awarded him its Ohtili Medal.


“In three superbly crafted and incisive essays, William H. Beezley examines the leisure culture of high society and the traditional culture of ‘everyday Mexicans’ and their interaction and clash. . . . Witty and entertaining but also thought-provoking.”—American Historical Review

“A book that will be read and enjoyed, and that will illuminate succeeding generations of Mexican history students. . . . A landmark study of Mexican cultural history.”—Journal of American Folklore

“Just beneath the surface of this seemingly lighthearted little book is a very thick foundation of solid scholarship. The author succeeds admirably in opening a window to the minds of turn-of-the-century Mexicans pursuing the elusive idea of progress. . . . A delightfully written, unique example of what social history is about.”—Library Journal

“Still has much to offer, especially to the generalist and classroom teacher of Mexican or Latin American History.”—Hispanic American Historical Review

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to Third Edition
Preface to Second Edition
The Porfirian Persuasion: Sport and Recreation in Modern Mexico
Rocks and Rawhide in Rural Society: Tools and Technology in Porfirian Mexico
Judas at the Jockey Club