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Author Neufeld, Stephen, author

Title The blood contingent : the military and the making of modern Mexico, 1876-1911 / Stephen B. Neufeld
Published Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (x, 383 pages)
Contents Chapter One: Recruiting the Servants of the Nation -- Chapter Two: Sculpting a Modern Soldier through Drill and Ritual -- Chapter Three: Women of the Troop: Religion, Sex, and Family on the Rough Barracks Patio -- Chapter Four: The Traditional Education of a Modern Gentleman-Officer: The Next Generation -- Chapter Five: The Touch of Venus: Gendered Bodies and Hygienic Barracks -- Chapter Six: The Disordered Life of Drugs, Drinks, and Songs in the Barracks -- Chapter Seven: Lieutenant's Sally from Chapultepec: Junior Officers Deploying into Nation -- Chapter Eight: Hatred in their Mother's Milk: Savage, Semi-Savage, and The Civilized
Summary "In the pursuit of the modern, the armed forces served as instrument, model, and metaphor for national progress. I examine in this book how the military experience, as representative of the process, failed or fulfilled aspects of the broad national transition towards hegemony and sovereignty. This is the first work combining personnel records and military literature with cultural sources to address the setting of military life for soldiers and their families rather than politics or officers. In connection with nation formation and identity, this book moves away from studies of the army as an institution to broaden understandings of inculcations and the limits and fault lines of building Mexico as a nation. More social and cultural in historical outlook, I examine the creation of political cultures rooted in or derived from the personal experiences of the lower ranks. In doing so, the book removes some of the privileged view that official narratives emphasize in order to explain the making of a bureaucratic institution from the bottom up, and to more clearly describe how this process both encouraged the development of nationalism and limited it in important ways. In this fashion I build on the works of scholars whose focus has centered more on officers, education, and political conflicts"--Introduction
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 23, 2017)
Subject Mexico. Ejército -- History -- 19th century
Mexico. Ejército -- History -- 20th century
Mexico. Ejército -- Military life -- History
Mexico. Ejército.
Nation-building -- Mexico -- History
Nationalism -- Mexico -- History
Political culture -- Mexico -- History
Social change -- Mexico -- History
Soldiers -- Mexico -- History
Armed Forces -- Military life.
HISTORY -- Military -- Other.
Political culture.
Politics and government.
Social change.
Mexico -- History, Military
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1867-1910
Genre/Form History.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016028897
ISBN 0826358063 (electronic book)
9780826358066 (electronic book)
(printed case alkaline paper)