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12 March 2019


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Shane Doherty

Finally caught up, I always enjoy your connective tissue vignettes. Looking forward to Russia!

Little nitpick from an earlier episode: The Lusitania sank in May 1915, not 1914.

Petr Svatoň

Thanks Mike, I thoroughly enjoyed your take on the Mexican Revolution. I did not expect this revolution to be especially interesting or understandable, but I must say it grew on me massively.

One more thing that arose from the Mexican Revolution and continues to be important until this day is the so-called Hull rule. In 1938, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull protested against Cárdenas' nationalization of American property and proclaimed that investors deserve "prompt, adequate and effective compensation". This formulation has since entered International investment law and is often included in international economic agreements, including NAFTA.

Thomas Goodwin

I'm really looking foward to seeing how you will cover the Russian Revolution given that there is (depending on how you mark it) between twenty and well over thirty years of revolutionary chaos.

Elena Ivanova

Thank you very much for your wonderful podcast!
Some small details: Mexico 1924 was not the first country "in the world", which establishes diplomatic relations with USSR; Trotsky lived 1935-37 in Norway (not Sweden).
Maybe, it's worth to notice that in 1930s Mexico was not the first in Latin America to nationalize oil: in 1937 Bolivia was pioneer in it - against Standard Oil (high point of "el socialismo militar").
Best wishes. Elena Ivanova (Leningrad)


On Calles being thought of as a Communist: it really isn't as shocking as you think. Mussolini, too, was an apostate socialist, and despite the Nazis obviously getting the press, the overwhelming majority of right-wing "fascistic" looked to Italy rather than Germany for inspiration.


Any idea why Obregón isn’t interred in the monument? Especially given his grand nephew designed it.


Ah!!!!! Now that you're done with the Mexican Revolution, I can binge listen to it! Thanks!

Carlos B.

I'm in shock. As a Mexican that grew up on a border town until high school and then came over and finished his education at US of A, there were a lot of gaps on the history of the Mexican revolution. Even after watching "Senda de Gloria", that novela feels more like fiction that based on a true story. None of that novela is on the official textbooks. None of this history on the podcast series is on the books either. I am in shock. And I just heard your last episode, and confirms most of my adult assumptions about the Mexican government, and the resilience of its people. My people. Thanks for putting this out there before someone asks you to bring it down.

Brian Schoeck

Will you announce your UK dates here or the Twitter?


Really good overall.

I've one complaint. There was no mention of the end of the PRI's one-party rule in 2000 when Vicente Fox of the PAN was elected. Mr. Duncan, I figured you'd want to mention that Cardenas' son, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, was part of the late XX Century peaceful democratic revolution. after all, he left the PRI, got elected major of Mexico City in 1997 with the party he founded, the PRD(*), and ran unsuccessfully for president in 2000. But by taking many priistas with him, he enabled Fox's victory.

(*) PRD is the Party of the Democratic Revolution. So you see how far the Revolution still extends in time.


This has been amazing. I must be honest and say I expected to be bored by this revolution. I thought it's just filler in preparation for the (Second) Big One, but it grew on my immensely, right up to the point I think it's my second favorite Revolutions series after the French one.

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