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The United Mexican States: Introductory Note

Rainer Grote
Edited By: Max Planck Institute

© 2017 Oxford University Press
The Mexican Constitution of 1917 was the product of an extended period of political turmoil and civil war which later became known as the “Mexican Revolution”. The initial period of the armed conflict ended with the overthrow of the authoritarian government of Porfirio Díaz who had ruled the country since 1876 and his replacement by the liberal Francisco I. Madero. Elected by a huge majority in October 1911, Madero quickly lost much of his political support when he proved unwilling or unable to satisfy the conflicting demands of the different groups which had...
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