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Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico's Cristero RebellionMichoacán, 1927-29$
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Matthew Butler

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262986

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262986.001.0001

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Introduction: Religion in the Cristero Revolt

Introduction: Religion in the Cristero Revolt

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(p.1) Introduction: Religion in the Cristero Revolt
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Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico's Cristero Rebellion
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Matthew Butler

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262986.003.0001

This chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the Cristero Revolt in Michoacán, Mexico from 1926 to 1929. It traces the origin of the revolt from the President Plutarco Elías Calles' strict enforcement of the anticlerical provisions of Mexico's 1917 revolutionary constitution. It contends that though popular religious cultures in Michoacán were socially constructed, it did not follow that they were empty, merely instrumental, constructs. It argues that popular groups in the 1920s created multi-layered identities and reshaped not only their political ideas but also their religious beliefs and practices as they alternatively accommodated or resisted the post-revolutionary state.

Keywords:   Cristero Revolt, Michoacán, Mexico, Plutarco Elías Calles, revolutionary constitution, anticlerical provisions, religious cultures, political ideas, religious beliefs, post-revolutionary state

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