UCL Institute of the Americas


Arbiters of Impunity, Agents of Coercion: State-Building in Twentieth-Century Mexico

08 February 2022, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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An event part of the IHR Latin American History Seminar series

This event is free.

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Institute of Historical Research

Eschewing any attempt to write in a light or entertaining manner, this paper instead uses insights from IR theory, political science, and criminology to understand how the drug trade shaped and distorted the Mexican state over the past century.

All welcome – This event is free, but booking is required.

Details on how to join this session will be sent to all registered attendees 24 hours in advance.  Booking will therefore close the day before the scheduled date.

UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to collaborate with the Institute of Historical Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London) and other leading institutions in the organisation of this series

About the Speaker

Benjamin Smith

Professor of History at University of Warwick

Professor Smith has published widely on the history of politics, society, crime, and the press in Mexico, most recently The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade (W. W. Norton, 2021).

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