The Causes Of The Mexican Revolution

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101 Presidents and More- The Causes of the Mexican Revolution
“Democracy is the destiny of mankind; freedom its indestructible arm” –Benito Juarez
Mexico was building up to its revolution long before activists like Francisco Madero and Emiliano Zapata. From 1840 to 1910; Mexico went from a war-torn and newly freed nation to a nation on the brink of civil war. How did it get there? Through a series of wars, leaders, and policies, which proved causation politically, socially, and economically to the Mexican Revolution.
The loss of material and economic productivity in the war for Independence had long-lasting economic consequences on Mexico. It severely damaged agriculture, commerce, industry, and mining sectors. The most severe blow to the Mexican economy was the loss of capital; money either fled the country or was withdrawn from circulation . After the war, Mexico fell into 50 years of economic depression. The speedy rehabilitation of the mining sector would have aided national recovery greatly, but both financial and technical problems hindered its recovery until the 1880s. Because Mexico lagged behind the rest of the world for half a century, great economic advances were needed towards the turn of the century.
The two main sources of power after Mexican Independence were the Church and the military. The Catholic Church owned considerable sums of land, and gave loans to other landowners. This secured its alliance with the upper class of society. The military…
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