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Emiliano Zapata

Mexico's Social Revolutionary

Paul Hart

Publication Date - September 2017

ISBN: 9780190688080

352 pages
5 x 8 inches

In Stock

Offers an incisive examination of one of the great social revolutionaries of the twentieth century


Combining a brisk, well-crafted narrative with incisive analysis, Emiliano Zapata: Mexico's Social Revolutionary examines the life of one of the leading figures of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). An essential figure in any discussion of Latin American or Mexican history, Zapata continues to wield great influence throughout the region today. His advocacy of agrarian reform and peasants' rights, his dashing lifestyle, and his assassination make him a fascinating figure. Featuring rare photographs of Zapata and primary sources that contextualize his life, this volume in the World in a Life series is the only contemporary text intended for general audiences.

About the Author(s)

Paul Hart is Professor of History and Associate Director of the Center for International Studies at Texas State University. He is the author of Bitter Harvest: The Social Transformation of Morelos, Mexico, and the Origins of the Zapatista Revolution, 1840-1910 (2005), which received the Harvey L. Johnson Book Award from the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies.


"Accessible and compelling, Paul Hart offers a page-turning narrative of Emiliano Zapata's revolutionary movement. Documenting Zapata's fierce commitment to the dispossessed, his national vision to address historic injustice, and his forces' dogged struggle against more powerful and better-equipped armies, Hart shows how the Zapatistas shaped the course and outcome of the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution. This work is a powerful reminder of the role peasants play in major social transformations and shows why, a century after his death, Zapata's name still constitutes a rallying cry for justice."--Tanalís Padilla, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Emiliano Zapata--in life, a rousing revolutionary--quickly became an even more powerful symbol of the Mexican ideals of economic justice, ethnic equality, and popular resistance after his death in 1919. Both Zapata's life of never-ending rebellion and his stature, which has inspired guerrilla actions for more than a half-century, have earned global celebrity. Paul Hart explains how this happened in his well-crafted narrative and incisive analysis. Hart provides an excellent biography of the man and his legacy."--William H. Beezley, University of Arizona

"Hart's biography shows Zapata as a visionary with national and international concerns, who had a fierce adherence to the principles of local governance and land reform, and who possessed deep humility and integrity--all of this while fighting for nearly a decade in a most brutal war. He was, perhaps, the first and only true revolutionary of the twentieth century."--Mark Wasserman, Rutgers University

Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    List of Maps
    About the Author


    Chapter 1: Roots
    Chapter 2: Defiance
    Chapter 3: Hope
    Chapter 4: Betrayal
    Chapter 5: Reaction
    Chapter 6: Invasion
    Chapter 7: Union
    Chapter 8: Rule
    Chapter 9: Decline
    Chapter 10: Defeat


    Primary Sources

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