The Making of the Mexican Border | 1st Edition
The State, Capitalism, and Society in Nuevo LeÃƒÂ³n, 1848-1910
AUTHOR: Mora-Torres, Juan
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press
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The issues that dominate U.S.-Mexico border relations today--integration of economies, policing of boundaries, and the flow of workers from south to north and of capital from north to south--are not recent developments. In this insightful history of the state of Nuevo Le#65533;n, Juan Mora-Torres explores how these processes transformed northern Mexico into a region with distinct economic, political, social, and cultural features that set it apart from the interior of Mexico.
Mora-Torres argues that the years between the establishment of the U.S.-Mexico boundary in 1848 and the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 constitute a critical period in Mexican history. The processes of state-building, emergent capitalism, and growing linkages to the United States transformed localities and identities and shaped class formations and struggles in Nuevo Le#65533;n. Monterrey emerged as the leading industrial center and home of the most powerful business elite, while the countryside deteriorated economically, politically, and demographically. By 1910, Mora-Torres concludes, the border states had already assumed much of their modern character: an advanced capitalist economy, some of Mexico's most powerful business groups, and a labor market dependent on massive migrations from central Mexico.
PUBLICATION DATE: 10/1/2001
CATEGORY: Business & Economics, History, Social Science