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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)

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

David Malet

Oxford University Press

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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