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Intersticios sociales

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GONZALEZ MORFIN, Juan. U.S. interventionism and threats, 1914-1919: the invasion that wasn’t. Intersticios sociales [online]. 2020, n.19, pp.235-260.  Epub 25-Feb-2020. ISSN 2007-4964.

In the 1914-1919 period, as constant confrontations among distinct revolutionary factions kept Mexico in a state of continuous instability, the U.S. government under Woodrow Wilson adopted an interventionist attitude as it sought to solve problems in Mexico. That government was quick to disqualify, or recognize, regimes, and launched a partial invasion of Mexico by sending a punitive expedition to occupy a strip of land around Tampico and Veracruz. It also created international bodies (e.g. the ABC) that empowered him to demand a government that mirrored his views and establish a network of agents that dialogued with the parties in conflict to try to bring them in line with the dictates of his government. One option that was never carried out -but was always latent- was a large-scale, armed invasion. We analyze the interventionist context of the period and examine documentary evidence which reveals that the option of invading Mexico in order to pacify it was indeed present in those years.

Palabras llave : Wilson; Carranza; invasion; intervention; war.

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