In Mexico’s war torn history the Mexican Revolution from 1910 to around 1920
is an exceptional case of violence in the name of social change.
Lasting for ten years the
Mexican Revolution, had a lasting impact on Mexico’s economy and had a huge cost of
The Revolution began for many reasons, including the declining economy,
the problem of succession, and the lower classes dislike of the regime.
continued, however, for so many years for reasons of betrayal and self interest, from
1910 to 1920 Mexico saw numerous regime changes.
Diaz kept Mexico together largely thanks to the state of the economy.
Unfortunately for Diaz there was an economic recession in 1907 which brought
prosperity in Mexico to an end.
The time of prosperity not only kept the middle class
happy, but also allowed Diaz to maintain his deals with the political bosses.
From 1897 to 1907 a middle class of “small mine owners, landowners, and
merchants, as well as shopkeepers, tradesman, non-elite professionals, foreman, teachers,
and shift bosses greatly increased in numbers.” (Wasserman 224)
This growing middle
class did not get the same political treatment as the elite class, the middle class stayed
content, however, because of the economic prosperity of the time.
That prosperity came
to an abrupt halt in 1907 though with places like Chihuahua where, “The number of small
scale enterprises dropped by thirty-five percent.” (Wasserman 224)
depression members of the middle class became the leaders of the Anti-reelection
The depression did not just turn the middle class against Diaz.
The elites of the
upper class were also affected by the depression.
Diaz kept the elites happy with a
system of deals and arrangements made possible by the economic prosperity the country
had in the years prior to 1907.
The depression of 1907 ended some of those deals and
arrangements, unfortunately these deals were the only things keeping the elites content
with Diaz’s government.
The loss of economic prosperity resulted in conflicts over
economic interests, labor resources, and opened “old political wounds”. (Wassermann
The elites really lost patients with Diaz when, during a draught, Diaz “sided with a