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Race, History and Nation in Mexico (HI924 - Withdrawn)

This module has now been permanently withdrawn and is no longer taught in the Warwick History Department.

Context of Module
Module Aims
Outline Syllabus
Illustrative Bibliography


Context of Module

This module may be taken by students on the MA in History, the MA in Modern History, the MA in the History of Race in the Americas, or any taught Master's students outside the History Department.


Module Aims

This course examines the current literature on the relationship between nationalism and ethnic identity in Mexico, paying particular attention to the role of nineteenth-century historical writing and artistic constructions concerning race in the creation of a nationalist discourse.


Outline Syllabus

Topics include: 

Creole Identity and Creole Nationalism  

Indian Communities in late colonial, insurgent and early republican Mexico

Indians in Patriotic Wars and Caste Wars in mid to late C19th Mexico

From Liberal Patriotism to Indigenismo


Illustrative Bibliography

Alberro, Solange, 'El indio y el criollo en la visión de las élites novohispanas, 1771-1811. Contribución a una antropología de las luces', Cincuenta años de historia en México, Alicia Hernández (ed.), Columex (Mexico, 1993), vol. 1

Brading, David, Prophecy and Myth in Mexican History, Cambridge University Press (1984).

Brading, David, The First America, the Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots, and the Liberal State, 1492-1867 (Cambridge, 1991)

Brading, David, The Origins of Mexican Nationalism (Cambridge, 1985)

Bulnes, Francisco, El porvenir de las naciones latinoamericanas ante las recientes conquistas de Europe y Norteamérica (1899), (Mexico, n.d.)

Bustamante, Carlos María de, Cuadro Histórico de la Revolución Mexicana (Ediciones de la Comisión Nacional para la Celebración del Sesquicentenario de la Proclama de la Independencia Nacional, Mexico, 1961)

Bustamante, Carlos María de, Mañanas de la Alameda, publicadas para facilitar a las señoritas el estudio de la historia de su país (1835-6), 2 vols, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico, 1986) 172 (2001)

Dawson, Alexander, 'From Models for the Nation to Model Citizens: Indigenismo and the 'Revindication' of the Mexican Indian, 1920-40', Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 30 (1998)

Florescano, Enrique, Memory, Myth and Time in Mexico from the Aztecs to Independence (Austin, 1994).

Gamio, Manuel, Forjando Patria (1916), (Mexico, 1960),

García Quintana, Josefina, Cuauhtémoc en el siglo XIX, UNAM (Mexico, 1977)

Hale, Charles, Mexican Liberalism in the Age of Mora, 1821-1853, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1968)

Hale, Charles, The Transformation of Liberalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Mexico, Princeton University Press (Princeton, 2989)

Knight, Alan, 'Racism, Revolution and Indigenismo: Mexico, 1910-1940', The Idea of Race in Latin America, 1870-1940, Richard Graham (ed.) (Austin, 1990)

Pagden, Anthony 'Identity Formation in Spanish America', in Nicholas Canny and Anthony Pagden (eds), Colonial Identity in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800 (Princeton, 1987)

Powell, T. G., 'Mexican Intellectuals and the Indian Question, 1876-1911', Hispanic American Historical Review, vol. 48 (1968)

Sierra, Justo, ‘Elementos de historia patria’ (1894), and Catecismo de historia patria (1894), in Justo Sierra, Obras Completas, (Mexico, 1991)

Tenorio-Trillo, Mauricio, Mexico at the World’s Fairs: Crafting a Modern Nation, University of California Press (Berkeley, 1996)

Vaughan, Mary Kay, The State, Education, and Social Class in Mexico, 1880-1928 (De Kalb, 1982)

Vázquez de Knauth, Josefina, Nacionalismo y educación en México, (Mexico, 1970)

Widdifield, Stacie, The Embodiment of the National in Late Nineteenth Century Mexican Painting (Tucson, 1996)



1 assessed essay of 5,000 words: the course is taught in weekly 2-hour seminars