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The life and times of Pancho Villa / Friedrich Katz.

Katz, Friedrich (Author).



Based on decades of research in the archives of seven countries, this definitive study of Villa aims to separate myth from history. So much attention has focused on Villa himself that the characteristics of his movement, which is unique in Latin American history and in some ways unique among twentieth-century revolutions, have been forgotten or neglected. Villa's Division del Norte was probably the largest revolutionary army that Latin America ever produced. Moreover, this was one of the few revolutionary movements with which a U.S. administration attempted, not only to come to terms, but even to forge an alliance. The first part of the book deals with Villa's early life as an outlaw and his emergence as a secondary leader of the Mexican Revolution, and also discusses the special conditions that transformed the state of Chihuahua into a leading center of revolution. In the second part, beginning in 1913, Villa emerges as a national leader. The author analyzes the nature of his revolutionary movement and the impact of Villismo as an ideology and as a social movement. The third part of the book deals with the years 1915 to 1920: Villa's guerrilla warfare, his attack on Columbus, New Mexico, and his subsequent decline. The last part describes Villa's surrender, his brief life as a hacendado, his assassination and its aftermath, and the evolution of the Villa legend. The book concludes with an assessment of Villa's personality and the character and impact of his movement.

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  • ISBN: 0804730458 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780804730457 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0804730466 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780804730464 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xv, 985 p. : ill ; 26 cm.
  • Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1998.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [919]-954) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
ch. 1. From the frontier to the border -- ch. 2. Revolution that neither its supreme leader nor its opponents expected -- ch. 3. Disillusion and counterrevolution -- ch. 4. Unrequited love -- ch. 5. From exile to governor of Chihuahua -- ch. 6. Four weeks that shook Chihuahua -- ch. 7. Villista leaders -- ch. 8. División del Norte -- ch. 9. Villa's emergence as a national leader -- ch. 10. Elusive search for peace -- ch. 11. Villismo in practice -- ch. 12. New Civil War in Mexico -- ch. 13. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory -- ch. 14. Villa's two-front war with Carranza and the United States -- ch. 15. Resurgence of Villa in 1916-1917 -- ch. 16. Villa's darkest years -- ch. 17. Villa and the outside world -- ch. 18. Attempt to create Villismo with a gentler face -- ch. 19. From guerrilla leader to hacendado -- ch. 20. End and the survival of Villa.
Subject: Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923
Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923
Villa, Pancho.
Social movements > Mexico > History.
Movimientos sociales > Mexico > Historia.
Mouvements sociaux > Mexique > Histoire.
Mexicaanse Revolutie.
Mexico > History > Revolution, 1910-1920
Chihuahua (Mexico : State) > History.
Mexico > Historia > Revolución, 1910 1920.
Chihuahua > Historia.
Mexique > Histoire > 1910-1920 (Révolution)
Chihuahua (Mexique : État) > Histoire.

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