Emiliano Zapata!: Revolution and Betrayal in Mexico

Emiliano Zapata!: Revolution and Betrayal in Mexico

Samuel Brunk / Feb 21, 2020

Emiliano Zapata Revolution and Betrayal in Mexico The life of Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata was the stuff that legends are made of Born and raised in a tiny village in the small south central state of Morelos he led an uprising in one s

  • Title: Emiliano Zapata!: Revolution and Betrayal in Mexico
  • Author: Samuel Brunk
  • ISBN: 9780826316202
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • The life of Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata was the stuff that legends are made of Born and raised in a tiny village in the small south central state of Morelos, he led an uprising in 1911 one strand of the larger Mexican Revolution against the regime of long time president Porfirio Diaz He fought not to fulfill personal ambitions, but for the campesinos of MorelThe life of Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata was the stuff that legends are made of Born and raised in a tiny village in the small south central state of Morelos, he led an uprising in 1911 one strand of the larger Mexican Revolution against the regime of long time president Porfirio Diaz He fought not to fulfill personal ambitions, but for the campesinos of Morelos, whose rights were being systematically ignored in Don Porfirio s courts Expanding haciendas had been appropriating land and water for centuries in the state, but as the twentieth century began things were becoming desperate It was not long before Diaz fell But Zapata then discovered that other national leaders Francisco Madero, Victoriano Huerta, and Venustiano Carranza would not put things right, and so he fought them too He fought for nearly a decade until, in 1919, he was gunned down in an ambush at the hacienda Chinameca In this new political biography of Zapata, Brunk, noted journalist and scholar, shows us Zapata the leader as opposed to Zapata the archetypal peasant revolutionary In previous writings on Zapata, the movement is covered and Zapata the man gets lost in the shuffle Brunk clearly demonstrates that Zapata s choices and actions did indeed have an historical impact.

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    1. "History of a Revolutionary Hero"This was a very interesting and technical listen. I enjoyed it greatly as I'm a native Texan yet never thought too much about (and don't recall learning much about Zapata in school). This audiobook especially paints the larger picture of Mexican history. There's so much to absorb in this book but it really gives a great deal of detail as to put the listener within the historical setting.I was impressed with this book enough to look up more photos of Zapata and he [...]


    2. As part of my self-created course on Mexican history, I want to read biographies of famous Mexicans. I listened to this and also have the softcover. As I was finishing this work, my friend Maria Luisa Parra told me the best known work on Zapata is Womack's, which this author refers to as "Womack's expansive and beautifully written Zapata and the Mexican Revolution." So Brunk would like to focus more on the individual and less on the movement. This is not such a beautifully written work, but it i [...]


    3. This is called a biography, but it's not, really; it's more the chronology of a movement(Zapatismo). Brunk argues that Zapata was an important figure because of his stronglocal leadership, his understanding of his area and his ideology. Brunk's other main aimin writing his book is to examine anew the role of the Zapatista movement within thecontext of the Revolution, concluding that it ended up severely fragmented due to themeddling of Zapata's "intellectuals", whom he could not control. Brunk p [...]


    4. Brunk succeeds in humanizing Zapata though some have argued that he does it too well. Brunk has been accused of downplaying the atrocities of Zapata, though almost all the works seem to make it clear that all sides were doing fairly horrible things. Curiously the author feels that he has emphasized the brutality far more than others have. I have not read enough works concerning Zapata to get a clear understanding of which side in this particular argument is correct. Brunk maintains an even balan [...]


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