Focused on the state of Michoacán, Jorge Silva Riquer's compilation on the history of Mexico's public finance ministry (hacienda pública) significantly enhances our knowledge of revenue generation, tax collection, and state bureaucracies in the region. The volume spans an impressive time period, from 1750 to roughly 1971, when new budgetary laws were legislated in Michoacán. The book is divided into three substantial parts, each written by a different author. The first long section, by Netzahualcóyotl Luis Gutiérrez Núñez, covers the late colonial period from 1786 to 1820 and centers primarily on the impact of the Bourbon reforms on the public treasury. Gutiérrez Núñez describes how the structure of the public treasury changed, how the reforms of the late eighteenth century affected public finance in the intendancy of Valladolid, and what strategies were employed by locals to resist new impositions. This...

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