A Lecture by Mikael D. Wolfe. Presented by the Center for Mexican Studies.
The Mexican Revolution’s grand motif was land reform, symbolized by Emiliano Zapata’s battle cry of “tierra y libertad.” Land reform, however, was not only about redistributing land to the rural masses who tilled it or were unjustly deprived of it, as the 1917 Constitution inspired by Zapata’s struggle empowered the Mexican state to implement. It was also about equitably distributing three key natural resources – land (soil), water and forests – in order to conserve as well as develop them for agricultural purposes. This lecture discusses this irresolvable contradiction and its historical consequences, especially with regard to water resources, as a critical, but often overlooked, legacy of the 1910-1920 Revolution to the present.
Mikael Wolfe is Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental History at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 2009, and has held visiting fellowships at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UCSD prior to coming to UCLA. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “"A Thirsty Revolution: Water, Technology and the Ecological Demise of Mexican Agrarian Reform".
Cost: Free and open to the public
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