Fanáticos, Exiles, and Spies: Revolutionary Failures on the US-Mexico Border, 1923–1930 (Connecting the Greater West Series) (Hardcover)

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Fanáticos, Exiles, and Spies: Revolutionary Failures on the US-Mexico Border, 1923–1930 (Connecting the Greater West Series) (Hardcover)

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Borders and boundaries are porous, especially in the context of political revolutions. Historian Julian F. Dodson has uncovered the story of postrevolutionary Mexico’s attempts to protect its northern border from various plots hatched by groups exiled in the United States. Such plots sought to overthrow the regime of President Plutarco Elías Calles in the 1920s. These borderland battles were largely fought through espionage, pitting undercover agents of the government’s Departamento Confidencial against various groups of political exiles—themselves experienced spies—who were now residing in American cities such as Los Angeles, Tucson, San Antonio, and Brownsville.

Fanáticos, Exiles, and Spies shows that, in successive waves, the political and military exiles of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) sought refuge in and continued to operate from urban centers along the international boundary. The de la Huerta rebellion of 1923 and the Cristero War of 1926–1929 defined the bloody religious conflict that dominated the decade, even as smaller rebellions bubbled up along the border, often funded by politically connected exiles. Previous scholarship has tended to treat these various rebellions as isolated episodes, but Dodson argues that the violent popular and military uprisings were not isolated at all. They were nothing less than an extension of the violence and fratricidal warfare that so distinctly marked the preceding decade of the revolution.

Fanáticos, Exiles, and Spies reveals the fluidity of a border between two nations before it hardened into the political boundary we know today.
JULIAN F. DODSON is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues Global History Program at Washington State University in Pullman, where he also resides.
Product Details ISBN: 9781623497538
ISBN-10: 1623497531
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Connecting the Greater West Series
“Dodson has advanced our understanding of the calculus of dissent among Mexican exile communities in the United States while sharing the fruits of his painstaking research in some deep corners of the Mexican intelligence bureaucracy. This book is a superb example of the historical method and a major contribution to our knowledge of post-revolutionary Mexico.”—Journal of Arizona History
— Journal of Arizona History