James Bryce's Political Analysis of Mexico's Porfirian Regime

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Itzel Toledo García Postdoctoral Fellow, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico itzeltoledog@gmail.com

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Abstract

This article aims to explore British traveler James Bryce's political analysis of the Porfirian regime. In October 1901, Bryce visited Mexico and wrote letters to his family portraying his stay. Afterward, based upon his travel account, he spoke about the country in two conferences, one time in Oxford (1902) and another in Aberdeen (1903). Later on, he wrote about Mexico in his book South America: Observations and Impressions (1912), which was the result of his travels through Latin America in 1901 and 1910. We shall explore Bryce's position toward the Porfirian regime, from disinterest in Porfirio Díaz's despotism and the political elite in 1901 to admiration of its achievement of peace and progress in 1911 once the Mexican Revolution had commenced.

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Itzel Toledo García is a postdoctoral Fellow at the Departamento de Historia of Universidad Iberoamericana. She was previously part of the Postdoctoral Scholarship Program at UNAM—Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas where she worked on James Bryce's analysis of Latin America at the beginning of the twentieth century. She holds a PhD in history and an MSc in international relations from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and a BA in history from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico). E-mail: itzeltoledog@gmail.com

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