The 11 papers brought together in this volume (with an introduction by Jaime E. Rodríguez O. and a conclusion by Aldo Flores-Quiroga) are not so much focused on Mexican constitutions as on the study of Mexican liberalism in various forms and periods throughout the nineteenth century. Besides Rodríguez, Alicia Hernández Chávez, Andrés Reséndez, Robert H. Duncan, William H. Beezley, Brian Connaughton, Christon I. Archer, Manuel Chust, José Antonio Serrano Ortega, Marcelo Carmagnani, and Sandra Kuntz Ficker contributed chapters. This is a distinguished group of authors, but the articles are of varying quality. Some are sketchy or lack cohesion, and one article is laced with jargon. Several constitute a continuation of ongoing research for which the author is known. They all employ original and archival sources as well as secondary sources, the latter sometimes highly selectively.

Useful extensions of earlier work include Hernández Chávez’s...

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