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From Spent Cartridges to Militarization: The Military and the Political Right in Modern Mexico

Rath, T; (2016) From Spent Cartridges to Militarization: The Military and the Political Right in Modern Mexico. Nuevo mundo mundos nuevos 10.4000/nuevomundo.68869. Green open access

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Abstract

This papers examines the relationship between the armed forces and the political Right in Mexico since 1920. It identifies two main phases. From 1920 to the 1950s, right-wing officers sought direct political power, but factionalism, anticlericalism, and civil-military tensions hindered their efforts. From the 1960s to the present, the military played an important role in domestic policing and counterinsurgency, culminating in Enrique Calderón's Drug War. Despite controversial incidents of repression, military policing has often enjoyed broad public and bipartisan support. The paper concludes that increasing militarization and the Drug War have offered a useful stimulus to the historiography.

Type: Article
Title: From Spent Cartridges to Militarization: The Military and the Political Right in Modern Mexico
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4000/nuevomundo.68869
Publisher version: http://nuevomundo.revues.org/68869
Language: English
Additional information: Nuevo mundo mundos nuevos est mis à disposition selon les termes de la licence Creative Commons Attribution - Pas d'Utilisation Commerciale - Pas de Modification 4.0 International. Nuevo mundo mundos nuevos is under Creative Commons licence Attribution 4.0.
Keywords: Mexico, militarization, Right, armed forces
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1541145
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