In this solidly researched and well-written monograph, Elizabeth Henson offers the first English-language work about the radical agrarian movement in Chihuahua's Sierra Tarahumara in the 1960s, an episode that produced the first socialist guerrilla movement in Mexican history. The originality of Henson's work lies in her primary sources. She consulted archives in Chihuahua state and was one of the first historians to explore the declassified archives of the Secretariat of the Interior at the General Archive of Mexico. Also, while oral history was not her focus because of bureaucratic constraints, Henson used published interviews, testimonies, and memoirs.

Until the turn of the century, the scholarly production on Cold War Mexico had minimized the so-called socialist armed movement, describing it as a byproduct of the Cuban Revolution or the radical Left's overreaction after the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre. The assault on the military barracks...

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