The Mexican Revolution
and Hemispheric Affairs
||General Pancho Villa.
Leader of one faction of the Constitutionalist forces, Villa, who
operated in the northern Mexican states near Texas and New Mexico,
initially enjoyed strong U.S. support, especially from President Woodrow
Wilson. Relations soured, though, as the 1910s proceeded; and in 1916,
after Villa launched a raid on Columbus, New Mexico, the United States
send an "expedition force" deep into Mexican territory in a
futile attempt to capture him.
|It would not be
until the Cuban Revolution nearly five decades later that a Latin
American movement would so dramatically alter the international
relations of the region. This is the first of two classes that
will explore the effects of the Revolution. In both classes, our
primary reading will be Friedrich Katz's international history of the
revolution, a book that uses American, British, French, German, Mexican,
Spanish, and Japanese sources to argue that the Revolution was an
inherently international event. The first part of the Katz reading
traces the Mexican background, the second part gives an introduction to
the mindsets of the Great Powers that were active in the Revolution.
Friedrich Katz, Secret War for Mexico, SB#1, pp.
172-207. Reading notes are available.
Howard Taft on Dollar Diplomacy
de Ayala (1911)
|To what extent was the Plan of Ayala incompatible
with Taft's vision of hemispheric affairs? And were other aspects of the
Mexican Revolution less threatening to US interests?|
|To what extent was the Mexican Revolution--as Katz strongly
implies--primarily an "international," rather than a domestic
to course schedule