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“Una preciosa margarita arrojada á la voracidad de los cerdos”. La democracia en el pensamiento conservador mexicano decimonónico
The Democracy in the Nineteenth-Century at the Mexican Conservatives

Author(s): Marcell Nagy
Subject(s): History, Political history, Recent History (1900 till today), 19th Century
Published by: Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem
Keywords: Mexican Conservatives; democracy and politics; empire of Maximilian (1864–1867); Porfirio Diaz; Catholic Church

Summary/Abstract: The article examines how nineteenth-century Mexican Conservatives considered ideas like democracy and politics in general, especially after the empire of Maximilian (1864–1867). Following independence, the Conservatives opposed the idea of a representative republic, of free elections, of federalism, and so on. We will analyse the basis of this political thinking, starting from a particular form of monarchism, which was characterised by a series of continuities. With the collapse of the empire, and with the beginning of the regime of Porfirio Diaz, the Conservatives found a safe haven at the Catholic Church, and, away from direct policy, they focused on journalism and theoretical work. They defended the same ideas as the Porfiriato, maybe with one exception: that of republicanism, which they seem to have accepted, but not without criticism. Although the Porfiriato was born out of triumphant liberalism of the 1860s, when the General resigned in 1911, the Conservatives were able to see the realisation of many of their proposals of the previous decades.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 34-46
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Spanish