A laboratory of revolution. Urban social movements and radical reform politics in the Mexican state of Veracruz, 1918-1932
Behrens discusses - from a regional-historical perspective - emergence and performance of urban social movements in the time immediately following the revolution in Mexico, tracing their importance and meaning for the political and societal development of the country. He focuses on union- and rent strike movements in the two most important industrial centers of the state of Veracruz: the city of Veracruz and Orizaba - and he includes the role of women in subsistence movements. Behrens argues that earlier studies on revolution historiography mainly focused on agrarian conditions and central political institutions. By utilizing numerous archival sources and periodicals of that time the author shows that urban movements in post-revolutionary Mexico have not just been a tool in the hands of the new political and social elites, but an integral force in remodeling the country - at times by self-induced dynamics of mobilization.
Keywords: Mexican revolution, reform politics, unions in Mexico, rent strike in Mexico, urban social movements, women in Mexico, revolution historiography, social reform