Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Elisabeth Friedman

Second Advisor

Dr. Gunther Hega

Third Advisor

Dr. Jorge Febles


This paper addresses the insurrection in Chiapas, Mexico as a new revolutionary response to the politics and practices of a government that neglected and marginalized the interests of the peasantry. To understand the plight of the peasantry it is important to understand the historical origins of their grievances and the first collective response: the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The paper will also contrast the ideals of the revolution with the reality of the government that was institutionalized as a result of the struggle. The new revolution of the EZLN in Chiapas will then be briefly evaluated in relation to its ideals and strategies. Finally, I will conclude with an evaluation of the effects and future of this renewed Mexican revolution.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only