Matthew Butler

in Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico's Cristero Rebellion

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780197262986
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734656 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs


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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the popular responses of the local communities in Michoacán, Mexico to the Cristero Revolt. The findings reveal the economic and political factors involved in the decision of the agraristas and cristero to engage the regime. The result also suggests that the revolts were largely influenced by cultural and religious divisions. These divisions clearly outlived the revolt, but the cristero cristero years were the last time these tensions caused mass bloodshed.

Keywords: Cristero Revolt; Michoacán; Mexico; local communities; agraristas; cristeros; cultural divisions; religious divisions

Chapter.  3974 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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