Mexico in the World Economy

This conference gathers scholars who have made pivotal contributions to understanding the role of New Spain and Mexico in the world from the sixteenth through the twentieth century. All see the centrality of production and trade; each brings different emphases ranging from econometrics to histories of capitalism, and distinct integrations of production and politics, technology and work, nutrition, gender, and culture. Participants will share recent visions based on their accumulated work—with an eye toward developing new approaches to the history that has shaped Mexico’s contemporary challenges.


9:00 am: coffee and rolls
9:20 am: welcome

New Spain in the World, 1500
9:30 am: Atlantic Trade, American Mediterranean, and the Role of New Spain, 16th and 17th Centuries
Antonio García de León, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

10:15 am: Silver and Communities, Social Sustainability and Insurgencies: New Spain Making Mexico
John Tutino, Georgetown University

11:00 am: From New Spain to Mexico: The Long-Run Impacts of Global Trade and Piracy
Jenny Guardado, Georgetown University

11:45-1:00 pm: lunch (all welcome)

Mexico in the Industrial World, 1800—
 1:00 pm: Mexico’s Cotton Textile Industry and Global Capitalism: A Long-Run Perspective
Aurora Gómez Galvarriato, El Colegio de México

1:45 pm: Technology, Mexico, and the Atlantic Economy in the 19th Century
Ted Beatty, Notre Dame University

 2:30 pm: The Body of Capitalism: Stature, Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being in Mexico 1850-1950
Moramay López-Alonso, Rice University
3:15-3:30 pm: coffee
From National Capitalism to Globalization, 1920—
 3:30 pm: Capitalism, Race, and Beer in the Twentieth Century
Susan Gauss, University of Massachusetts, Boston

4:15 pm: Die Hard: Corporativism in 20th-Century Mexico
Enrique Cárdenas Sánchez, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

5:00 pm: Reflections on a Long History in Capitalism
Conversation led by John McNeill, Georgetown University
5:30-6:30 pm: reception

Sponsored by the Georgetown University Americas Initiative, the Center for Latin American Studies, and Institute for Global History.

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Maguire Hall, Maguire 303
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Event Type

Academic Events


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Public


Georgetown College, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, History, Center for Latin American Studies




Multiple presenters. See schedule.

Open to the public and the press?

Yes (press must email for permission)

Event Contact Name

Carmen Trigo

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Carmen Trigo

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