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Master of Arts (MA)




One of the moving episodes in the life of this nation was the period of foreign intervention which threatened the very national existence of the Mexican nation from 1861 until 1867. The story, however, has its background a decade or so before the curtain rose on the drama of European imperialism. It began with a social revolution which is known in Mexican history as the Reforma. Speaking of this revolution, Parkes states that, "The primary purpose of the Reform, like that of the French Revolution, was the destruction of feudalism. Its intellectual inspiration came from the philosophers of French liberalism, while its driving-force was the ambition of the mestizos."1 This is significant to a study of the intervention because in reality the struggle which took place was as much an internal conflict as it was foreign.