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Foreign FightersTransnational Identity in Civic Conflicts$
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David Malet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199939459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939459.001.0001

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The Texas Revolution (1835–1836)

The Texas Revolution (1835–1836)

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(p.58) 3 The Texas Revolution (1835–1836)
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Foreign Fighters
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David Malet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939459.003.0004

The separatist war that led the Mexican state of Texas to independence and eventual union with the United States was a case of co-ethnics fighting in what was at least not initially an ethnic conflict. The Texas Revolution provides a clear example of rebel recruiters failing to gain traction with one conflict frame (the need to defend fellow democrats against expanding authoritarian military rule) and then strategically using a different frame to greater effect (the protection of Anglo-Saxon Protestants against rapacious Hispanic Catholics). Although promised land, most of the American and European recruits really relished a good battle, chafed under local rebel authority, and were most of the participants in suicidal battles such as that of the Alamo.

Keywords:   Texas Revolution, Alamo, Santa Anna, Masonic, Mexico

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