This book examines culture and diplomacy in Mexicoâ€™s relations with the rest of Latin America during the presidency of LÃ¡zaro CÃ¡rdenas (1934â€"1940). Drawing on archival research throughout Latin America, the author demonstrates that CÃ¡rdenasâ€™s representation of Mexico as a revolutionary nation contributed to the formation of Mexican national identity and spread the legacy of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 beyond Mexicoâ€™s borders. CÃ¡rdenas did more than any other president to fulfill the goals of the revolution, incorporating the masses into the political life of the nation and implementing land reform, resource nationalization, and secular public education, and his government promoted the idea that these reforms represented a path to social, political, and economic development for the entire region. Kiddle offers a colorful and detailed account of the way Cardenista diplomacy was received in the rest of Latin America and the influence his policies had throughout the continent.
"Amelia Kiddle provides a much-needed inter-American analysis of Mexican policy in the 1930s. . . . With a truly adept multiarchival methodology, Kiddle finds that Cárdenas's government invested significant efforts in improving the country's international relations."--Aaron Coy Moulton, The Latin Americanist
"As she does in all her case studies, Kiddle marshals an impressive array of documentation to substantiate her claims. . . . Thanks to Kiddle's dogged research, we now have a fuller picture of Mexico's influence on Latin America."--Robert F. Alegre, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
"A very well-written book, extremely useful for academics and yet clearly accessible for students."--Pacific Historical Review
"This book is a most welcome addition to the literature on Cárdenas."--Journal of Latin American Studies