In Combat: The Life of Lombardo Toledano

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Founder of numerous labour unions in Mexico and Latin America between 1920s and 1960s, Vicente Lombardo Toledano was not only an organiser but also a broker between them, the government and business managers, able to disentangle difficult conflicts. An operator of the Mexican government and when he found it appropriate of the neighbouring nations and even on behalf of the Soviet Union, he was identified with communism without belonging to the party and with the party of the Mexican government without being its member.

Daniela Spenser´s is the first biography of Lombardo Toledano, based on primary sources from European, Mexican and American archives, and on personal interviews. Her even-keeled portrayal of the man counters previous hagiographies or vilifications.

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Biographical Note

Daniela Spenser, Ph.D. (1994), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, professor at Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social in Mexico City. Her research has focused on the history of communism and the cold war in Mexico and Latin America.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Abbreviations
Introduction

Part 1 Changing Times and Ideas


1 Family  1  The Village  2  Children  3  Vicente Lombardo Toledano  4  The Wise Man  5  The Family
2 Knowledge and Power  1  Renewal  2  The Break  3  On the Campaign Trail  4  From the Government Palace  5  On the Road to the Chamber of Deputies  6  The Trip  7  The Polemical Dispute  8  Ideological passion
3 Exodus  1  In the CROM  2  Collapse  3  The Labour Law  4  The Road to the Left

Part 2 Crusades


4 A Journey into the World of the Future  1  The Preparations  2  The Trip  3  Different Perspectives  4  Back in Mexico  5  The President and the Leader  6  The Gide Case
5 The Foundations of the Nation  1  The Preparations  2  The First Pillar  3  Into Action  4  The Schism  5  Disunity  6  The President and the Leader
6 A Continental Feat  1  In Santiago de Chile  2  The Planning  3  In the United States  4  In Europe  5  The Founding Congress  6  To the Attack

Part 3 War: Threshold of a Better World?


7 Fight Fascism!  1  The Defeat of the Spanish Republic  2  Exile  3  Face to Face with Leon Trotsky  4  The Pact and its Violation  5  In Soviet Intelligence  6  The Undesirable Anti-fascists
8 The Illusory Unity  1  On the Campaign Trail  2  The Victory  3  The Farewell  4  The Re-election  5  The Elusive Unity
9 Fragile Harmony  1  The Latin American Panorama  2  The Congress  3  The Celebrated Trip  4  The Catavi massacre  5  Coups and Blows  6  From Montevideo to Caracas  7  From Philadelphia to Cali  8  The Elusive Harmony

Part 4 Animosities and Confrontations


10 For the Renewal of the Nation  1  The Future  2  On the Campaign Trail  3  The Roundtable  4  Elections in the CTM  5  The Expulsion  6  The Crisis of the Nation
11 For the Spilled Blood  1  The Postwar Map  2  In London  3  In Paris  4  In the Other Europe  5  Confrontations  6  In People’s China
12 Emancipation  1  Removing Obstacles  2  On an Inspection Tour  3  In Lima  4  The Third Congress  5  The Oil Workers  6  Failed Emancipation

Part 5 On the Fronts of the Cold Peace


13 Rearmament  1  The People’s Party  2  UGOCM  3  Back on the Campaign Trail  4  Aftermath of Defeat  5  The Succession  6  The Cold Peace
14 Mission Completed  1  Anti-communist Liberalism  2  Liberal Internationalism  3  In Decline  4  The CTAL Dies in Bucharest  5  The CTAL Completed its Historic Mission
15 The Road to 1968  1  PPS  2  Against the Current  3  On the Final Campaign Trail  4  Schism in the Party  5  1968
Epilogue: Testament and Testimonies
Bibliography and Works Cited Index Illustrations

Readership

All interested in the history of labour in Mexico and Latin America, US-Latin American labour relations, Mexican post-revolutionary history and the left. The book examines these themes through the biographical approach.

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