The Last Caudillo presents a brief biography of the life and times of General Alvaro Obregon, along with new insights into the Mexican Revolution and authoritarian rule in Latin America. * Features a succinct biography of the life and times of a fascinating figure in Mexico's revolutionary past * Represents the most analytical and up-to-date study of caudillo/military strongman rule * Sheds new light on the networks and discourse practices that support rulers such as the Castros in Cuba and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and the emergence of modern Mexico * Offers new insights into the role of leadership, the nature of revolution, and the complex forces that helped shape modern Mexico
Jurgen Buchenau is Professor of History and Latin American Studies at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he is Chair of the History Department. He is the author or editor of several books on modern Latin American history, including Plutarco Elias Calles and the Mexican Revolution (2007), Tools of Progress: A German Merchant Family in Mexico City, 1865-Present (2004), and In the Shadow of the Giant: The Making of Mexico s Central America Policy (1996).
List of Illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. The Background of the Last Caudillo. From Santa Anna to Diaz. The Sonoran Background. 2. An Improvised Leader, 1880 1913. Obregon s Early Years. Obregon and the Beginning of the Mexican Revolution. Obregon s First Campaign. 3. Chaos and Triumph, 1913 1916. Obregon and the War Against Huerta. Obregon and the Clash Between Carranza and Villa. Obregon in the War Between the Factions. 4. The Path to Power, 1916 1920. Obregon s Emergence as a Political Leader. The Cincinnatus of the West (Part One). The Campaign for the Presidency. 5. The President, 1920 1924. The Construction of Obregon s Political Machine. Rebuilding the Nation. The Violent Breakup of the Sonoran Alliance. 6. The Last Caudillo, 1924 1928. A Troubled Agribusiness. The Cincinnatus of the West (Part Two). The Second Presidential Campaign. The Death of the Caudillo. 7. The Unquiet Grave. After the Caudillo. An Arm and a Revolution on a Stage. A Revolution and a Leader Lose Respect. Notes. Bibliography. Index.