A Traveller's History of Mexico

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566565233
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Traveller's History Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 929,065
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Chapter 1 The Land 1
Chapter 2 Prehistoric Mexico 12
Chapter 3 The Rise of Civilization 20
Chapter 4 The Militaristic States 46
Chapter 5 Conquest 85
Chapter 6 The Colonial Period 125
Chapter 7 The Wars of Independence 156
Chapter 8 The Texas Rebellion 177
Chapter 9 The Mexican-American War 189
Chapter 10 The Caste War of Yucatan 199
Chapter 11 Juarez and Maximilian 215
Chapter 12 The Porfiriato 229
Chapter 13 The Mexican Revolution 250
Chapter 14 1920-40 The Roots of the Modern State 275
Chapter 15 The Modern Era 288
Mexican Heads of State 335
Chronology of Major Events 339
Further Reading 347
Historical Gazetteer 353
Glossary 379
Index 381
Maps and Diagrams
Physical map of Mexico 3
Cenote distribution in the Yucatan Peninsula 11
Teotihuacan Ceremonial Centre 26
Maya territories in Mexico and Central America 41
Tribal boundaries in the Valley of Mexico 57
The Anahuac, 1519 63
The lineage of the kings of Mexico 65
The Grijalva expedition 87
Cortes's march to Mexico 97
Northern and southern lake systems in the Valley of Mexico 101
Moctezuma's descendants 114
Guatemala and surrounding countries 128
The journey of Cabeza de Vaca 132
Northward expansion of the sixteenth century 145
The War of Independence: theatres of operations 161
Texas territory, 1824 179
US-Mexico border dispute 192
The Mexican War 195
The Caste War 204
Revolution: October 1914 267
Modern Mexico 322
Baja California 376
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