Many people have made this book possible. I would particularly
like to thank: the members of the Organizacion Campesina Emi-
liano Zapata, the Central Independiente de Obreros Agricolas y
Campesinos, and the Union de Uniones Ejidales y Grupos Campe-
sinos Solidarios de Chiapas for spending the time to talk with me
and for offering such wonderful hospitality in their homes and
communities. I would also like
thank: Walda Barrios, Antonio
Mosquera, Juan Balboa, Maria Eugenia Reyes Ramos, and Andres
Aubry for their invaluable help and encouragement during the ini-
tial stages of my research. Marisela GonzaJ.ez generously shared her
knowledge, personal letters, and documents pertaining to the peas-
ant movements in Chiapas, for which I am especially grateful. In
Mexico, I also benefited greatly from the friendship, work, and
support of Luis Hernandez, Humberto Carton de Grammont,
mando Bartra, Sergio Zermeno, Silvia Gomez Tagle, Carlos He-
redia, Antonio Garda de Leon, Julio Moguel, Enrique Semo, Aida
Hernandez, and Sonia Toledo. I am particularly indebted to Jan
Rus and Tom Benjamin, whose comments, suggestions, and crit-
icisms greatly improved the quality of this book. Reynolds Smith at
Duke University Press has also been a constant source of encour-
agement and expert guidance. I also thank Sonya Manes for her
excellent work in copyediting the manuscript.
My interest in Mexico and Chiapas was sparked by my under-
graduate professors at Portsmouth Polytechnic, particularly Gerald
Martin and Tessa Cubitt. Their enthusiasm and commitment to
Latin American Studies are greatly appreciated. At the University of
Essex, I was fortunate to have been a graduate student of several
scholars who have influenced this work, including Joe Foweraker,
Ernesto Laclau, Alan Knight, and Christian Anglade. I am espe-
cially grateful to Joe Foweraker for his enthusiastic support of my
work and his stimulating graduate research seminar in
where many of the ideas contained in my work first took shape.
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