Integral Outsiders: The American Colony in Mexico City, 1876D1911 by William SchellIntegral Outsiders: The American Colony in Mexico City, 1876D1911 by William Schell

Integral Outsiders: The American Colony in Mexico City, 1876D1911

byWilliam Schell, Jr. Schell

Hardcover | November 1, 1999

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In this original and compelling book book, William Schell Jr. examines the largest foreign colony in Mexico during the reign of Porfirio D'az, from 1876 to 1911. Expatriate Americans constituted the greatest number of technicians, technocrats, consultants, engineers, agronomists, mining specialists, railroad experts, and venture capitalists in Mexico. The influence of these 'integral outsiders' extended far beyond economics and Porfirian efforts to manage the booming era of Mexican modernization. Marriages between Americans and Mexican society women and membership in such organizations as Masonic brotherhoods brought the foreigners into the most important social circles.

Integral Outsiders: The American Colony in Mexico City, 1876D1911, contains a colorful history of the Porfiriato through the lens of American participation, including carefully wrought descriptions of expatriate Americans. These individual biographies make the narrative more human and interesting, allowing Schell to move beyond the simplistic view of weak, greedy Mexican elites conspiring with powerful, greedy foreign capitalists to amass great wealth while impoverishing the Mexican masses and creating economic underdevelopment.

Basing his comments on meticulous research, Schell points out that U.S. influence was hardly a one-way street and that the interaction between U.S. citizens and Mexicans was a complex system of cultural negotiations. He demonstrates convincingly that, while insinuating themselves into Mexican society, Americans thought that they were changing Mexico, and, in so doing, changed themselves. As Schell states, 'Ultimately, then, it may be said that the Porfirian regime got the form of hegemony it sought, and Washington took the sort of hegemony it could get.'

William Schell Jr. is professor of history at Murray State University.
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Title:Integral Outsiders: The American Colony in Mexico City, 1876D1911Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.32 × 6.48 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0842028382

ISBN - 13:9780842028387

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Integral Outsiders: Model and Overview Chapter 2 Life Sketches of the American Colony Chapter 3 Colonel R. C. Pate: Culture, the Economy, and Hemispheric Politics Chapter 4 Land, Church, and Society Chapter 5 Tourist Investors and Tributary Capitalism Chapter 6 Tropical Mafia: The Deep Politics of Dollar Diplomacy Chapter 7 Greater Mexico: The Deep Politics of Hegemony Chapter 8 Chaos at Porfirian Twilight

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William Schell's long-awaited account of the American colony in Mexico around the turn of the twentieth century is a singularly impressive achievement. Exhaustively researched and written with gusto, Integral Outsiders is certain to provoke Mexicanist and foreign relations historians and delight aficionados of Mexico. The author's sure grasp of both political economy and the latest trends in cultural analysis enables him to challenge a host of conventional wisdoms about imperialism, nationalism, and cross-cultural encounters in Mexico and Latin America.