Still the leading book on Mexican history from the pre-Columbian periods to the present, this thoroughly updated sixth edition of The Course of Mexican History introduces a new co-author, Susan Deeds, and features a new emphasis on social and cultural history. It offers a new understanding of indigenous cultures, including revised discussions of pre-Columbian central Mexico and the Spanish conquest of Mexico, as well as an examination of new trends in the fast-changing field of Mayan studies.
Using recent scholarship and discoveries, the authors have expanded the sections on the historical background of Spanish conquistadors and the social, religious, and cultural history of Mexico's colonial period, with a particular emphasis on its impact on women and indigenous cultures. New research on the events and social grievances which led up to the independence movement are examined as well.
Drawing on both classic and current sources, this book provides a wide-ranging survey of Mexican history from the pre-Columbian period to the present.
Michael C. Meyer was Professor of History at the University of Arizona. A former general editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review, he authored or edited ten books on Mexico and Latin American history, including The Oxford History of Mexico (OUP, 2000).
William L. Sherman was Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the author of Forced Native Labor in Sixteenth-Century Colonial America (1979).
Susan M. Deeds is Professor Emeritus of History at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of Defiance and Deference in Colonial Mexico: Indians under Spanish Rule in Nueva Vizcaya (2003) and more than thirty articles on northern Mexican colonial ethnohistory.