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A Life Together: Lucas Alaman and Mexico, 1792-1853

Eric Van Young


Lucas Alamán (1792-1853) was arguably the greatest statesman and certainly the greatest historian of Mexico in the three decades or so following the country’s achievement of its independence from Spain (1821) after a tremendously violent and destructive decade-long rebellion against the colonial power. Dubbed “a Metternich among Indians” by one contemporary, he was a conservative modernizer rather than the ruthless reactionary he has been branded. Several times chief minister in the national government but never president of the young republic, Alamán’s efforts to impose political stability on ... More

Keywords: modernization, decolonization, Mexican-American War, Mexican independence

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300233919
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300233919.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Van Young, author
University of California San Diego

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