Encyclopedia of Modern Mexico / Edition 376

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Over 20 million people of Mexican heritage live in the United States, and U.S.—Mexican relations have become more cooperative and friendly since the 2000 presidential election of maverick candidate Vicente Fox. Yet our neighbor to the south remains largely unknown to the vast majority of Americans, other than as a tourist destination or a source of cheap labor for American business. This encyclopedia aims to provide an essential tool for those interested in a better understanding and appreciation of Mexico. With more than 250 separate entries covering 15 major thematic topics, Dent's book is a far-reaching reference book focusing on the important individuals, institutions and events that illustrate the modern development of Mexico since 1940. One of Scarecrow Press's first illustrated reference books created for a high school audience, this encyclopedia offers much more than just history. From the Acteal Massacre to Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, this exciting work fully explores the rich culture, the depth of achievement, and the creative energy of Mexico and its people. The information included in this volume captures the dramatic transformation that has taken place in Mexico since World War II, emphasizing key events, individuals, institutions, economic milestones, controversies, and political dilemmas. With an extensive bibliography at the end of each entry, more than 50 photos and illustrations, and a section of online resources, Dent has created an exhaustive study that will answer students' report needs and will dispel common misconceptions about Mexico. An essential addition to every high school, public, and undergraduate library. This well indexed volume should also serve as a basic reference for Hispanic-American and Hispanic Studies collections and organizations.

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Editorial Reviews

...a simple, clear, easy-to-use resource.
American Reference Books Annual
This is a solid single-authored encyclopedia that many students and researchers will find useful. Its compact nature, easy accessibility, and clear writing make this an excellent choice for those doing general research.
...a simple, clear, easy-to-use resource.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This is a solid single-authored encyclopedia that many students and researchers will find useful. Its compact nature, easy accessibility, and clear writing make this an excellent choice for those doing general research.
10/15/2002 Booklist
...does a good job of explaining some of the key issues that face and define Mexico at this point in its history.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-With U.S. relations with Mexico taking an increasingly important role in politics and economics, this single-volume encyclopedia is a timely tool. The focus is on the past 60 years, "emphasizing the key events, individuals, institutions, procedures, controversies, and policy dilemmas that have determined the course of Mexican history-." From "Acteal Massacre" to Ernesto Zedillo, the entries include political, economic, or social context, cross-references in boldfaced type, and suggested reading lists. The articles are (mostly) clear and easy to read. Dent's liberal bias adds intriguing details about controversies and tribulations. He does an excellent job of covering a wide range of topics, but he shows a special interest in the arts, reserving plenty of space for entries on filmmakers and films, music, actors, literature, and popular culture. A time line from 1910 to the present, a detailed index, online resource suggestions, and several appendixes round out the volume. The text-heavy layout includes about 50 average-quality, black-and-white photos. A worthwhile purchase for large libraries and where there is regional interest.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
From the Acteal Massacre of 45 Zapatista supporters in 1997 to Ernesto Zedillo (the last of the Partido Revolucionario Institustitucional presidents before the party lost its' hold on power to Vincente Fox), some 200 entries are devoted to the people, institutions, concepts, and events of the Mexican political landscape. The entries primarily focus on events since 1940. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810842915
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Latin America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 376
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David W. Dent is professor of Political Science at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. He is the author, co-author, or editor of several titles about Latin American history and politics, including The Historical Dictionary of Inter-American Organizations (Scarecrow Press, 1998). For the past 26 years he has been a contributing editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies, a biennial reference book published by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Abbreviations and Acronyms Chapter 2 Timeline: Mexico since 1910 Chapter 3 Introduction to Modern Mexico Chapter 4 The Encyclopedia Chapter 5 Selected Bibliography Chapter 6 Online Resources Part 7 Appendixes Part 8 Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    A major work for the specialist and amateur alike

    This is a major work. Anyone at all interested in our Southern neighbor should have it in his/her library. It is completely accessible to all interested: Students, scholars, travelers, tourists, etc. Every library in the U.S. should own a copy!

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