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Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico$
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Edward Beatty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284890

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284890.001.0001

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Technology and the Emergence of Atraso, 1820–70

Technology and the Emergence of Atraso, 1820–70

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Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico

Edward Beatty

University of California Press

This chapter surveys Mexico’s history of technology from independence, in 1820, to about 1870. Independence separated Mexico from its Spanish colonial power but also brought economic depression. This chapter surveys the literature on the nature and extent of this depression and suggests implications for technological innovation. It then examines three canonical technologies of the first industrial revolution: railroad transportation, inanimate power (especially water mills and steam engines), and the use of iron to manufacture tools and machinery. It turns finally to discuss Mexican conceptions of their nation’s “backwardness” (atraso) relative to the early industrializers in the North Atlantic.

Keywords:   Mexican independence, economic depression, transportation, water power and steam engines, iron and tools, backwardness

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