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The Border as a Zone of Conflict: Foreign Volunteers in the Mexican Revolution and the Issue of American Neutrality, 1910-1912

Lawrence D. Taylor


The article examines the participation of foreign volunteers-the majority of whom were American-in the campaigns in northern Chihuahua during the initial years (1910-1912) of the Mexican Revolution and the question of U.S. neutrality concerning this issue. It analyzes the views and policies of the U.S. government with respect to this particular aspect of the neutrality problem created by the rebel contraband flow of men and supplies across the border. It also considers the attitudes of the Maderista leaders with regards to the recruitment of foreigners during this period, the circumstances which fostered this development, as well as the diplomatic disputes which arose between the two countries over the participation of foreign combatants in the struggle.

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