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Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico's Cristero Rebellion – Michoacán, 1927-29 - British Academy Scholarship Online
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Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico's Cristero Rebellion: Michoacán, 1927-29

Matthew Butler


This book provides a new interpretation of the cristero war (1926–29), which divided Mexico's peasantry into rival camps loyal to the Catholic Church (cristero) or the Revolution (agrarista). It puts religion at the heart of our understanding of the revolt by showing how peasant allegiances often resulted from genuinely popular cultural and religious antagonisms. The book challenges the assumption that Mexican peasants in the 1920s shared religious outlooks and that their behaviour was mainly driven by political and material factors. Focusing on the state of Michoacán in western-central Mexico ... More

Keywords: cristero war, Mexican peasants, Catholic Church, agrarista, revolt, peasant allegiances, Mexico, Michoacán, agrarian reform, religious devotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780197262986
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Butler, author
Lecturer in Latin American Studies, Queen's University Belfast