Douglas Richmond's book contributes to the historiography of nineteenth-century Yucatán, Mexico, by adding to the scholarship on liberalism and Yucatecan politics by scholars such as Melchor Campos García, Pedro Bracamonte y Sosa, Arturo Güémez Pineda, Terry Rugeley, and Karen Caplan, among others. The originality of the book lies in its reassessment of the period of the Second Empire under Maximilian I (1864–67)—a brief but significant interlude in the otherwise largely unstable politics of Yucatán, where the governorship changed 26 times between 1848 and 1873.

As the author explains in the introduction, the project had its beginning in an academic commitment he made to utilize the large holdings of microfilm housed at the University of Texas at Arlington. The result is an information-packed overview of developments in nineteenth-century Yucatán that highlights important themes including the effects of liberalism, the policies of successive governments...

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