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Emiliano Zapata!: Revolution and Betrayal in Mexico

by Samuel Brunk

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Well-written, lively account of a specific aspect of the Mexican Revolution; namely, the role of the legendary Emiliano Zapata (whose name has been taken by the founders of the contemporary Zapatista reform movement in the Chiapas region). Brunk explains how Zapata's passion for land reform fueled his revolutionary activity, and how his ideological rigidity led to conflicts with other leaders of the Revolution (namely, Pancho Villa). ( )
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The life of Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata was the stuff that legends are made of. Born and raised in a tiny village in the small south-central state of Morelos, he led an uprising in 1911--one strand of the larger Mexican Revolution--against the regime of long-time president Porfirio Díaz. He fought not to fulfill personal ambitions, but for the campesinos of Morelos, whose rights were being systematically ignored in Don Porfirio's courts.

Expanding haciendas had been appropriating land and water for centuries in the state, but as the twentieth century began things were becoming desperate. It was not long before Díaz fell. But Zapata then discovered that other national leaders--Francisco Madero, Victoriano Huerta, and Venustiano Carranza--would not put things right, and so he fought them too. He fought for nearly a decade until, in 1919, he was gunned down in an ambush at the hacienda Chinameca.

In this new political biography of Zapata, Brunk, noted journalist and scholar, shows us Zapata the leader as opposed to Zapata the archetypal peasant revolutionary. In previous writings on Zapata, the movement is covered and Zapata the man gets lost in the shuffle. Brunk clearly demonstrates that Zapata's choices and actions did indeed have an historical impact.

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"Emphasizing the man rather than the movement, the author provides an excellent political biography of Zapata. Concludes that Zapata was successful as a local and regional leader but could not make the transition to national leadership, primarily because of the activities of his urban advisors in late 1914 and early 1915"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.… (more)

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