Historians have paid scant attention to the five years that span from the conclusion early in 1848 of Mexico’s disastrous conflict with the United States to the final return to power in April 1853 of General Antonio López de Santa Anna. This volume presents a more thorough understanding of this pivotal time, and the issues and experiences that then affected Mexicans. It sheds light on how elite politics, church-state relations, institutional affairs, and peasant revolts played a crucial role in Mexico’s long-term historical development, and also explores topics like marriage and everyday life, and the public trials and executions staged in the aftermath of the war with the U.S.
1. Setting the Scene: The History and Historiography of Post-War Mexico, 1848-1853 Will Fowler and Pedro Santoni 2. The Will of the People: Representaciones and Political Riots in Mid-Nineteenth Century Mexico City Regina Tapia 3. Winds of a Coming Storm: The Failure of Vatican Diplomacy and the Rise of an Intransigent Leadership in the Mexican Church Pablo Mijangos y González 4. "The Powerful Element That Would Certainly Have Saved Us": Debating the Revitalization of the National Guard in Post-War Mexico Pedro Santoni 5. The Sierra Gorda Pronunciamientos of 1848-1849 and the Origins of Popular Conservatism in Mexico Will Fowler 6. To Whom We Now Turn: The Problem of Leadership in Southeastern Mexico’s Age of Transition, 1848-1855 Terry Rugeley 7. Violence, Collaboration, and Population Movements: The New United States-Mexico Border, 1848-1853 Marcela Terrazas y Bazante 8. Truth and Reconciliation in Front of the Firing Squad: Trials and Executions in Post-War Mexico Everard Meade 9. "Looking for Virtuous Citizens by the Lamp of Diogenes": Governance, Moral Regulation, and Hegemony in Guanajuato, 1849-1853 Daniel S. Haworth