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Rethinking Mexico’s Twentieth Century

August 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Georgetown University Americas Initiative presents
Rethinking Mexico’s Twentieth Century

A conversation with Mikael Wolfe author of Watering the Revolution: An Environmental and Technological History of Agrarian Reform in Mexico and John Tutino author of The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, 1500-2000.

 

Mikael Wolfe is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. Watering the Revolution (Duke 2017) offers a radically new perspective focused on water and technological change to rethink the course of agrarian reform, agricultural development, and state making in Mexico’s arid north during the decades after the revolutionary conflagration of 1910-1920.
John Tutino is Professor of History and International Affairs and Director of the Americas Initiative at Georgetown University. The Mexican Heartland (Princeton 2018) culminates in an analysis of rural communities’ revolutionary assertions and later struggles to claim gains from state-designed agrarian reform in the highland regions around Mexico City—a very different region.
Their dialogue will focus on how Wolfe’s radical rethinking of Mexico’s north contributes to—and demands—an equally radical rethinking of Mexico’s national political economy—better its political ecology—during the twentieth century. After about 45 minutes, the conversation will open to include the audience.