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Memoria e Ricerca

The Mexican Revolution: the way of amnesia

di Elisa Cardenas Ayala
in Memoria e Ricerca n.s. 34 (2010), p. 95

At the approach of its centenary, the Mexican Revolution begun in 1910 is the place of a public memory in trouble. Named half-heartedly, it finds badly its place in weak remembrances almost completely refugiées in the bicentenary of the revolution of Independence (1810-1821). Coincidence, nevertheless, of anniversaries, which feeds at some the expectation of 2010 so revolutionary: the Revolution would be One, it would reappear depths of the Nation every hundred years. Registered among the big movements of masses of the XXth century, this revolution inspired programs of agrarian reform in diverse latitudes and exported the emblems of its political and social demands under the names of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. As commemorative site, the Mexican Revolution makes the expenses of its instrumentalisation prolonged by the State, an appropriation which associated it to the party of State during of long decades, «to nationalize» it then.