Is the Mexican Revolution justifiably called a revolution?

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The Mexican Revolution threw Mexico into turmoil for about two decades making itself an established time period in Mexican history. It has been written down as a revolution as people had rose together to get their voice heard. In this essay I shall look at the facts of the situation and see if this event in Mexican history is justifiably called a revolution.

The Mexican revolution occurred when the Porfiratio, or the 35 year reign of Porfiratio Diaz, had driven people to anger. The need for a change in leadership was the initial cause, indeed the trigger, for the revolution and the change was achieved and so it can be said that the Mexicans had carried out a revolution from a general study.

However, if we were to look into it from a historical context by underlining the basis for a revolution and comparing it with the situation of the time then we find a deifferent conclusion.

In this struggle for a change in leadership many other leaders to power. However, they came one by one and fell like a pack of dominoes. Even though Diaz was removed this was not the objective desired and so it cannot be said that this was a proper revolution.

Revolutions in general are fought with an ideology in mind. While the need for democracy is what sparked this revolution the different leaders that came into power came with their own brand of ideologies making this affair a very sordid one. Madero for example was liberal and wished to help all the differing classes while Huerta who replaced him was an outright dictator assassinating other rebel faction leaders. Amidst such was Zapata who carried out extreme agrarian reform with having the peasant class as his supporting strength who was in contrast to Carranza...