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Rebellion in Chiapas: An Historical Readerby John Womack
Synopses & Reviews
Carlos Fuentes writes, “John Womack has an uncanny feeling for the infinitely complex strains of Mexico.” Here, Woack examines the conflict in Chiapas in light of 500 years of struggle and uneasy accomodation between the region’s Maya population and the Spanish conquerors and ladino landowners. Rebellion in Chiapas opens with a major new essay examining the Zapatista revolt and chronicling the attempts at a negotiated peace. It goes on to reveal the roots of the rebellion through a range of primary source materials and other key documents from the time of the conquest through the present.
Book News Annotation:
Womack (history, Harvard U.) has selected and translated 32 readings on the Zapatista rebellion in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas. The readings are taken from a wide spectrum of literature such as the Mexican press, historical articles, Zapatista declarations, memoirs, and a Latin American bishops conference paper. They shed light on why some of Chiapas' Indian poor revolted in 1994 and why others, equally intent on justice, did not. No Index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
America's leading scholar of Mexico traces the roots of the current crisis in Chiapas, examining the Zapatista revolt and chronicling the attempts at a negotiated peace.
About the Author
John Womack, Jr. is a historian of Latin America. In 2009 he retired from his position as the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics at Harvard University. He is the author of Rebellion in Chiapas: An Historical Reader (The New Press).
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