Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Irving Levinson

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Weaver

Third Advisor

Dr. Charles Waite


The purpose of this work is to ascertain whether Mexico was a part of Great Britain’s informal empire, which hinges primarily on economic dependence. After independence, Mexico’s image as a resource-rich land attracted British investment, but political instability and its long-held London Debt, repelled British investors. The Porfirian administration prioritized mending its reputation abroad and promoting modernity domestically. Weary of American domination, the Porfirian administration sought British collaboration instead, most significantly of Weetman Pearson. However, post-Revolution governments did not value British business collaboration as its predecessors. Hence, they had no qualms on protecting its domestic priorities over pleasing Whitehall. Through analysis of monographs, journal articles, diplomatic documents, I conclude that during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Mexico exercised considerable autonomy in negotiating economic agreements with Great Britain, only to the extent that they would be of mutual benefit, demonstrating that their relationship cannot be considered informal imperialism.


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