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Whereas Mexico's non secular background after the 1910 Revolution is frequently essentialized as a church-state energy fight, this publication finds the complexity of interactions among revolution and faith. anticlericalism, indigenous cults and Catholic pilgrimage, these authors display that the Revolution was once a interval of actual non secular swap, in addition to social upheaval.

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It is valid to ask the counterfactual question whether the PAN would have won a free election before 2000. My view is that it would not; but the Revolutionary Party of National Unity [PRUN], which was a broader coalition, might well have won in 1940). The state also killed off Catholic trade unions, bolstering the dominant “PNRϩCROM” and “PRM/PRIϩCTM” axes. Thus, the state could enforce anticlerical vetoes. But the outcome of more positive measures—implementing reform, changing hearts and minds— is much more ambiguous.

55 Hence, in 1911, Catholics were well-placed to take advantage of the apertura created by Madero. Indeed, Catholic forms of mass mobilization—parties, unions, peasant leagues, lay associations—would remain a crucial feature of Mexican politics throughout the revolutionary period. ” There is abundant evidence of Catholic engagement with conservative causes too, which is hardly surprising given the tenor of Catholic politics in Europe or elsewhere in Latin America. 56 With this went a profound suspicion of radical movements and a lingering suspicion of liberal democracy, which Rerum Novarum failed to dissipate.

26 ALAN KNIGHT Catholic primary education was prohibited and Catholic secondary schools had to conform to state curricula (by 1934, a “socialist” curriculum). Old prohibitions on public religiosity were maintained, and often enforced, but Calles clearly sought to outdo Juárez. 41 The immediate result was the bloody cristero rebellion, which, fiercely repressed, resulted in the center-west’s devastation. After a 1929 truce, conflict was renewed two years later as revolutionary authorities implemented fresh anticlerical measures.

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