Synopses & Reviews
Modern Mexico, founded after Independence from Spain in 1821, was created out of a long and disparate historical inheritance that has constantly influenced its evolution. Tackling the complex and colorful history of Mexico is a formidable task. Brian Hamnett undertakes this challenge in his Concise History, beginning with a brief examination of contemporary issues, while the book as a whole--ranging from the Olmecs to the present day--combines a chronological and thematic approach while highlighting long-term issues and controversies. Author Hamnett takes account of that past and pays attention to the pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial influence. Mexico's economic problems are given special treatment together with political analysis and attention to social and cultural factors. His prime objective is to make the book accessible to general readers, including those interested in gaining a broad knowledge of the country and those across the professions anxious to secure a rapid but secure understanding of a subject where there are few starting points.
"...a survey of Mexican history which makes for a perfect introduction for either general or high school readers." Reviewer's Bookwatch"A superior, accessible history of Mexico that does full justice to the origins of the country's complex multiethnic and multicultural texture." Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs
An illustrated introduction to Mexico's historical and contemporary issues, problems and events.
An illustrated introduction to Mexico for the general reader. Combines a thematic and chronological approach to give a clear account of the country's historical and contemporary issues, problems and events, from the Olmecs to the present day.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Mexico in perspective; 2. The pre-Columbian era; 3. The European incursion, 1519-1620; 4. New Spain, 1620-1770: Spanish colonialism and American society; 5. Destabilisation and fragmentation, 1770-1867; 6. Reconstruction, 1867-1940; 7. The Monopoly Party, 1940-2000; Final comments; Bibliography.