Cosío Villegas, Daniel (1898–1976)

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Cosío Villegas, Daniel (1898–1976)

Daniel Cosío Villegas (b. 23 July 1898; d. 10 March 1976), Mexican intellectual figure and cultural entrepreneur. A graduate of the National Preparatory School and the National School of Law, he became a prominent student leader and began teaching before graduating with degrees in law and literature. He was a disciple of Pedro Henríquez Ureña and a political collaborator of José Vasconcelos. He became one of the first members of his generation to study economics abroad. In 1938 he founded El Trimestre Económico and the leading publishing house Fondo de Cultura Económica, directing both until 1948. Known for his collaborative historical projects on the Porfiriato, he directed Historia Mexicana (1951–1961) and cofounded and directed the Colegio de Mexico, where he produced many distinguished disciples. He was awarded the National Prize in Letters in 1971, and was a member of the National College from 1951 until his death.

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Daniel Cosío Villegas, Ensayos y notas, 2 vols. (1966) and Memorias (1976).

Charles A. Hale, "Review of Memorias by Daniel Cosío Villegas" in Hispanic American Historical Review vol. 58 (1978): 132-133.

Enrique Krauze, Daniel Cosío Villegas: Una biografia intelectual (1980).

Gabriel Zaid, comp., Daniel Cosío Villegas, imprenta y vida público (1985).

Additional Bibliography

Hale, Charles Adam. "Edmundo O'Gorman, Mexican National History, and the 'Great American Dichotomy'." Journal of Latin American Studies 36:1 (October-December 2004): 131-145.

Márquez, Graciela. Daniel Cosío Villegas, sus años como economista. México: Centro de Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, 2001.

Vizcaíno, Fernando. Cien años de Daniel Cosío Villegas. México: Clío, 1998.

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