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Radical Mexico: Limits to the Impact of Soviet Communism

Daniela Spenser and Richard Stoller
Latin American Perspectives
Vol. 35, No. 2, Reassessing the History of Latin American Communism (Mar., 2008), pp. 57-70
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27648087
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Abstract

The encounter of the Mexican and Bolshevik Revolutions on Mexican soil took place when the Mexican Revolution was still considered a viable project, however unrealized. The Bolshevik emissaries to Mexico, who arrived in 1919 and again in 1921, misunderstood Mexico on two counts. They disregarded the prerevolutionary radicalism that had developed in the workplace under the influence of the Industrial Workers of the World, and they dismissed the revolution as simply bourgeois. Both misreadings led them into blind alleys. Attempting to radicalize an already radical movement, they antagonized the anarcho-syndicalists. At the same time, the fact that in Soviet Russia anarchists were victimized by the new regime diminished the stature of that country in Mexico and made the anarchists hostile to communism.

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