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Forging of the Cosmic Race: Reinterpretation Colonial Mex

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"The Forging of the Cosmic Race" challenges the widely held notion that Mexico's colonial period is the source of many of that country's ills. The authors contend that New Spain was neither feudal nor pre-capitalists as some Neo-Marxist authors have argued. Instead they advance two central themes: that only in New Spain did a true mestizo society emerge, integrating Indians, Europeans, Africans, and Asians into a unique cultural mix; and that colonial Mexico forged a complex, balanced, and integrated economy that transformed the area into the most important and dynamic part of the Spanish empire.

The revisionist view is based on a careful examination of all the recent research done on colonial Mexican history. The study begins with a discussion of the area's rich pre-Columbian heritage. It traces the merging of two great cultural traditions—the Meso-american and the European—which occurred as a consequence of the Spanish conquest. The authors analyze the evolution of a new mestizo society through an examination of the colony's institutions, economy, and social organization. The role of women and of the family receive particular attention because they were critical to the development of colonial Mexico. The work concludes with an analysis of the 18th century reforms and the process of independence which ended the history of the most successful colony in the Western hemisphere.

The role of silver mining emerges as a major factor of Mexico's great socio-economic achievement. The rich silver mines served as an engine of economic growth that stimulated agricultural expansion, pastoral activities, commerce, and manufacturing. The destruction of the silver mines during the wars of Independence was perhaps the most important factor in Mexico's prolonged 19th century economic decline. Without the great wealth from silver mining, economic recovery proved extremely difficult in the post-independence period. These reverses at the end of the colonial epoch are important in understanding why Mexicans came to view the era as a "burden" to be overcome rather than as a formative period upon which to build a new nation.

Synopsis:

"MacLachlan and Rodríguez have written a masterly narrative history of pre-colonial and colonial Mexico. . . . In synthesizing a massive amount of recent scholarship, the authors have done great service. . . . The book will please the demanding scholar [as well as] the reader who wants an introduction to the history of Spain's richest colony."—James W. Wilkie

About the Author

Colin M. MacLachlan is Associate Professor of History at Tulane University; Jamie E. Rodríguez O. is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One

1. The Setting

2. Ancient Mexico

3. The Mexica-Aztecs

4. The Birth of New Spain, 1519-1530

Part Two

5. The Institutional Process

6. The Economy

7. Society

8. Women and the Family

Part Three

9. Rationalization, Reform, and Reaction

10. The Process of Independence

11. A Rejected Legacy

Bibliographical Essay

Sources for Illustration

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520042803
Author:
Maclachlan, Colin
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Maclachland, Colin M.
Author:
Rodriguez O., Jaime E.
Author:
Rodriguez, Jaime E.
Author:
MacLachlan, Colin M.
Author:
Jaime E. Rodriguez O.
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
World History-Mexico
Subject:
Latin america
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19801231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 23 oz

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