Synopses & Reviews
Mexico is a country of fascinating contrasts--glorious history and tumultuous politics, extraordinary culture and desperate poverty, ancient traditions and rapid modernization. Yet despite the growing curiosity about Mexico due to increased trade and commerce, mostly resulting from NAFTA, as well as increased tourism and immigration, there is presently no up-to-date, accessible history of Mexico for general readers.
The Oxford History of Mexico, edited by Michael Meyer and William Beezley is a comprehensive, lucidly written, and fully current narrative history by twenty of the most esteemed historians of Mexico writing today. Drawing on radical changes in scholarship on Mexico over the past 15 years, The Oxford History of Mexico covers all aspects of the rich history of Mexico from precolonial times to the present. Exploring politics, religion, technology, modernization, ethnicity, colonialism, ecology, the arts, mass media, and popular culture, The Oxford History of Mexico provides a wealth of information for all readers interested in this remarkable country.
Fully illustrated, with black-and-white photos throughout and a sixteen page color insert, suggestions for future reading, an index, and a glossary, this is the fullest and most engaging history of Mexico available today.
This comprehensive and current narrative history of Mexico--told by 20 of the country's most esteemed historians--stretches from precolonial times to the present, exploring politics, religion, technology, ethnicity, colonialism, ecology, the arts, and popular culture. 180 photos. 16 pp. color insert. Index. Glossary.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -687) and index.
About the Author
is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Arizona and the author of several books on Mexican history, including (with William Sherman and Susan Deeds) The Course of Mexican History
. William Beezley
is Professor of History at The University of Arizona and coauthor of El Gran Pueblo
. They both live in Tucson.
Table of Contents
The great encounter. The Spain that encountered Mexico / Helen Nader -- The Mexico that Spain encountered / Susan Schroeder -- The collision of two worlds / Ross Hassig -- Crown, cross, and lance in New Spain, 1521-1810. An empire beyond compare / Mark A. Burkholder -- Faith and morals in colonial Mexico / Linda A. Curcio-Nagy -- Indian resistance to colonialism / Robert W. Patch -- Disease, ecology, and the environment / Elinor G.K. Melville -- Women in colonial Mexico / Asunciâon Lavrin -- Collapse, regeneration, and challenge, 1810-1910. The old colonialism ends, the new colonialism begins / Virginia Guedea -- Fashioning a new nation / Christon I. Archer -- War and peace with the United States / Josefina Zoraida Vâazquez -- Betterment for whom? The reform period : 1855-1875 / Paul Vanderwood -- The culture of modernity / Robert M. Buffington and William E. French -- The Mexican revolution, 1910-1940. The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920 / John Mason Hart -- Rebuilding the nation / Thomas Benjamin -- Mexico and the outside world / Friedrich E. Schuler -- Mexican culture, 1920-1945 / Helen Delpar -- Mexico in the post-World War II era. The Mexican "miracle" and its collapse / John W. Sherman -- The time of the technocrats and deconstruction of the revolution / Roderic Ai Camp -- Mass media and popular culture in the post revolutionary era / Anne Rubenstein.