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The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America Readers)by Gilbert M. Joseph
Synopses & Reviews
The Mexico Reader is a vivid introduction to muchos Mandeacute;xicosandmdash;the many Mexicos, or the many varied histories and cultures that comprise contemporary Mexico. Unparalleled in scope and written for the traveler, student, and expert alike, the collection offers a comprehensive guide to the history and culture of Mexicoandmdash;including its difficult, uneven modernization; the ways the country has been profoundly shaped not only by Mexicans but also by those outside its borders; and the extraordinary economic, political, and ideological power of the Roman Catholic Church. The book looks at what underlies the chronic instability, violence, and economic turmoil that have characterized periods of Mexicoandrsquo;s history while it also celebrates the countryandrsquo;s rich cultural heritage.
A diverse collection of more than eighty selections, The Mexico Reader brings together poetry, folklore, fiction, polemics, photoessays, songs, political cartoons, memoirs, satire, and scholarly writing. Many pieces are by Mexicans, and a substantial number appear for the first time in English. Works by Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes are included along with pieces about such well-known figures as the larger-than-life revolutionary leaders Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata; there is also a comminiquandeacute; from a more recent rebel, Subcomandante Marcos. At the same time, the book highlights the perspectives of many othersandmdash;indigenous peoples, women, politicians, patriots, artists, soldiers, rebels, priests, workers, peasants, foreign diplomats, and travelers.
The Mexico Reader explores what it means to be Mexican, tracing the history of Mexico from pre-Columbian times through the countryandrsquo;s epic revolution (1910andndash;17) to the present day. The materials relating to the latter half of the twentieth century focus on the contradictions and costs of postrevolutionary modernization, the rise of civil society, and the dynamic cross-cultural zone marked by the two thousand-mile Mexico-U.S. border. The editors have divided the book into several sections organized roughly in chronological order and have provided brief historical contexts for each section. They have also furnished a lengthy list of resources about Mexico, including websites and suggestions for further reading.
"The Mexico Reader" is an introduction to Muchos "Mexicos" - the many Mexicos, or the many varied histories and cultures that comprise contemporary Mexico.
An interdisciplinary anthology that includes many primary resources never before published in English.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -762) and index.
Unparalleled in scope and written for the traveler, student, and expert alike, this collection offers a guide to the history and culture of Mexico including its difficult, uneven modernization; the ways the country has been profoundly shaped by Mexicans and those outside its borders; and the economic, political, and ideological power of the Roman Catholic Church. 91 illustrations.
About the Author
Gilbert M. Joseph is Farnam Professor of History and Director of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University. He is coeditor of Everyday Forms of State Formation: Revolution and the Negotiation of Rule in Modern Mexico and Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.andndash;Latin American Relations (both published by Duke University Press).
Timothy J. Henderson is Associate Professor of History at Auburn University Montgomery. He is the author of The Worm in the Wheat: Rosalie Evans and Agrarian Struggle in the Puebla-Tlaxcala Valley of Mexico, 1908andndash;1927 (also published by Duke University Press).
Table of Contents
The search for "lo Mexicano": Cosmic race / J. Vasconcelos; Sons of La Malinche / O. paz — Ancient civilizations: Origins of the Aztecs / Anonymous; Meaning of maize for the Maya / J.E. Thompson — Conquest and colony: Cortes and Montezuma / J.H. Eliott; Why the Indians are dying / A. de Zorita — Trials of the young republic: Siege of Guanajuato / L. Alaman; Glorious Revolution of 1844 / G. Prieto; A conservative profession of faith / The editors of El Tiempo; Triumph of the Republic / B. Juarez — Revolution: Land and liberty / R.F. Magon; Pancho Villa / J. Reed; Socialist ABC's / Anonymous; A convention in Zacapu / S.L. Fernandez — Perils of modernity: They gave us the land / J. Rulfo; Art and corruption / D.A. Siqueiros; Sinking city / J. Simon — From the ruins: El Santo's strange career / A. Rubenstein; Women of Juchitan / J.W. Rubin; Debtors' revenge / H. Williams — Border and beyond: Mexican connection / R. Acuna; There's a party going on in Texas / Anonymous; New world border / G. Gomez-Pena.
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