A Traveller's History of Mexico

A Traveller's History of Mexico

by Kenneth Pearce, John Hoste
     
 

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Mexico has a long and colorful history with a many-layered cultural heritage. In this definitive book the author offers an expert account of the country from its earliest civilizations right up to the present day. A Traveller's History of Mexico begins with life before the first elite groups of the Olmecs and Mayans emerged. Their culture was finally subsumed into the… See more details below

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Mexico has a long and colorful history with a many-layered cultural heritage. In this definitive book the author offers an expert account of the country from its earliest civilizations right up to the present day. A Traveller's History of Mexico begins with life before the first elite groups of the Olmecs and Mayans emerged. Their culture was finally subsumed into the mighty Aztec Empire. There is a full and vivid account of life under the Aztecs - a civilization that in its turn was tragically ended by the arrival of the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes. The crushing burden of colonial rule driven by the forces of greed and oppression led to centuries of unrest. In the nineteenth century, the War of Independence led to the founding of the Mexican Republic. The next two hundred years of Mexico's story are peopled with larger than life characters such as the Emperor Maximilian and his tragic wife, Carlota, General Anna, Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. The author ends his survey with a portrait of a country under a new president facing the problems of a rising population, drugs, corruption and a disenchanted Indian population. There is a Historical Gazetteer cross-referenced to the main text that features all the places that will appear on every tourist's itinerary.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Pearce (The View from the Top of the Temple: Ancient Maya Civilization and Modern Maya Culture) begins and ends this chronological history of Mexico with what is perhaps its soul and most constant element the Indians. His history of the Mexican people begins with the mysterious Olmecs and ends with the efforts of the modern Maya in Chiapas. In between, one will find the familiar (Moctezuma, Cortes, Pancho Villa, Santa Anna, even Vicente Fox) but also the unfamiliar. Among the latter are the York and Scottish rites of Freemasons, polka-loving Mexicans, and the complexities of the caste system. Considering Mexico's violent history, both self-imposed and external, it is a credit to the people themselves that so much antiquity and natural wealth still remain. This book, part of "A Traveler's History" series, may disappoint readers hoping for a more traditional travel guide. However, it is a good way for travelers to obtain historical context. Recommend for public libraries. Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A concise history of Mexico that begins in prehistoric times, continues through the Aztec empire and Spanish colonization, and ends with NAFTA and the Zapatista uprising. Also included are a listing of Mexican heads of state, a chronology of major events, and a brief description of major events categorized by state. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566565233
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Traveller's History Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,291,938
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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