Cancelled: Lectures at GAM, 17. Juni 2020,

Emilio Kourí (Chicago): The Agrarian Meanings of the Mexican Revolution

ledEmilio Kourí (Chicago): The Agrarian Meanings of the Mexican Revolution

Moderation: Martina Kaller


Mexico's 1910 revolution has long been described as agrarian, both in terms of its causes and its consequences. A hundred years later, a far more complex picture emerges, revealing that this image of the Revolution was as much an ideological construct as it was a description of its origins and significance. In this talk I will explore both the agrarian situation leading up to 1910 and the land reform that followed the armed conflict to show that when it comes to the “agrarian revolution” we still have more questions than clear answers.

About the Speaker: 

Emilio Kourí is Professor and Chair of History and Director of the Katz Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 2001. He holds a PhD in History from Harvard University. He is the author of various books about Mexico, including A Pueblo Divided: Business, Property, and Community in Papantla, Mexico, which won the 2005 Bolton-Johnson Prize for the best book on the history of Latin America. He is currently finishing a book about the origins and historical meaning of Mexico's twentieth-century agrarian reform.