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A Life TogetherLucas Alaman and Mexico, 1792-1853$
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Eric Van Young

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300233919

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300233919.001.0001

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What Is in the Historia de Méjico?

What Is in the Historia de Méjico?

(p.680) 24 What Is in the Historia de Méjico?
A Life Together

Eric Van Young

Yale University Press

The chapter offers an analysis of the Historia de Méjico, with an extended comparison between Alamán’s work and that of his friend Carlos María de Bustamante, who wrote a highly colored, heroic-nationalist treatment of the 1810 insurgency. Alamán expresses a positive but qualified judgement of the colonial period and a low opinion of Mexico’s indigenous people. He laments the racially-tinged violence of the Hidalgo movement, condemning the priest for setting Mexico along the path of violent internal conflict and political instability, while singling out Agustín de Iturbide’s heroic role in consummating Mexican independence through canny military statesmanship, and Father José María Morelos as the greatest leader among the insurgents. His final opinion was that Mexican independence was inevitable in any case, but that it took a wrong turn because of Hidalgo’s jacquerie-like uprising. The chapter concludes with a melancholy evocation of the materialism that modernization had brought to Mexico by mid-century.

Keywords:   Bustamante, Morelos, Hidalgo, Iturbide

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