Troubled Harvest: Agronomy And Revolution In Mexico, 1880-2002

Hardcover | September 30, 2003

byMichael R. Connelly

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During the 20th century, two revolutions swept rural Mexico: the Mexican Revolution and the Green Revolution. In both, "revolutionaries" promised to address the problems of rural poverty and underdevelopment. The Mexican Revolution led to a significant agrarian reform and created the State and elite that governed Mexico since the 1920s. The Green Revolution helped increase Mexican agricultural production substantially, and in 1970 it won a Nobel Peace Prize for Norman Borlaug, who bred dwarf hybrid wheat. Mexican agronomists played significant roles in both revolutions, but neither revolution brought prosperity to peasant farmers. This book examines the history of Mexican agronomy and agronomists to shed new light on the role of science in the Mexican Revolution, the origins of the worldwide Green Revolution, and general issues about the nature of the professions, the impact of professionals' ties to politics and the state, and discourses between members of Mexico's urban middle class and peasantry. Cotter also analyzes the impact of foreign models of science in Mexico, the history of U.S.-Mexican cooperation in the agricultural sciences, and the factors that led Mexico to seek scientific assistance from the United States. In a broad way, he reveals new aspects of the ongoing struggle for the right to define "modernity" and "progress" in rural Mexico, and offers new explanations for the failure of many of the State's efforts to assist peasant farmers.

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During the 20th century, two revolutions swept rural Mexico: the Mexican Revolution and the Green Revolution. In both, "revolutionaries" promised to address the problems of rural poverty and underdevelopment. The Mexican Revolution led to a significant agrarian reform and created the State and elite that governed Mexico since the 1920s...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9.56 × 6.42 × 1.11 inPublished:September 30, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313325154

ISBN - 13:9780313325151

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?[I] hope geographers will use Troubled Harvest as a solid foundation on which to build regional studies of how landscapes change in relation to the actions of agronomos and others involved in the first and second Green Revolutions.??Annals of the Association of American Geographers