Apostle of Progress: Modesto C. Rolland, Global Progressivism, and the Engineering of Revolutionary Mexico - The Mexican Experience (Hardback)J. Justin Castro (author)
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From the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century, Mexico experienced major transformations influenced by a global progressive movement that thrived during the Mexican Revolution and influenced Mexico's development during subsequent governments. Engineers and other revolutionary technocrats were the system builders who drew up the blueprints, printed newspapers, implemented reforms, and constructed complexity-people who built modern Mexico with an eye on remedying long-standing problems through social, material, and infrastructural development during a period of revolutionary change.
In Apostle of Progress J. Justin Castro examines the life of Modesto C. Rolland, a revolutionary propagandist and a prominent figure in the development of Mexico, to gain a better understanding of the role engineers played in creating revolution-era policies and the reconstruction of the Mexican nation. Rolland influenced Mexican land reform, petroleum development, stadium construction, port advancements, radio broadcasting, and experiments in political economy. In the telling of Rolland's story, Castro offers a captivating account of the Mexican Revolution and the influence of global progressivism on the development of twentieth-century Mexico.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 366
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"In this exceptionally well-researched and well-written biography, Castro tells the fascinating life story of this Mexican engineer to shed new light on U.S-Mexican relations, Mexico's place in global Progressivism, and the influence of technocratic ideas in post-revolutionary reconstruction-a period also accompanied by bottom-up mobilization and top-down clientelist political formations."-Matthew Vitz, Journal of Social History -- Matthew Vitz * Journal of Social History *
"Castro's Apostle of Progress is a significant achievement. In this compelling biography of the influential engineer Modesto C. Rolland, the author sheds new light on the critical yet poorly understood role of technological experts in the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath."-J. Brian Freeman, coeditor of Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico -- J. Brian Freeman
"Justin Castro has produced an extraordinary examination of Mexican revolutionary and post-revolutionary politics through an intriguing, elucidating life-and-times biography of Modesto Rolland, multifaceted engineer, inventor, builder, and media entrepreneur. . . . This biography will intrigue any student of twentieth-century Mexican history, mirroring numerous qualities found in John W. F. Dulles's classic Yesterday in Mexico."-Roderic Ai Camp, author of Intellectuals and the State in Twentieth-Century Mexico -- Roderic Ai Camp
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