A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States
  • A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States
  • A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States

A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States

by Henderson
     
 

The war that was fought between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 was a major event in the history of both countries: it cost Mexico half its national territory, opened western North America to U.S. expansion, and brought to the surface a host of tensions that led to devastating civil wars in both countries. And for generations of Latin Americans, it

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Overview

The war that was fought between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 was a major event in the history of both countries: it cost Mexico half its national territory, opened western North America to U.S. expansion, and brought to the surface a host of tensions that led to devastating civil wars in both countries. And for generations of Latin Americans, it helped to cement the image of the United States as an arrogant, aggressive, and imperialist nation, poisoning relations between a young America and its southern neighbors.

In contrast to many histories, which treat the war as a fundamentally American experience, Timothy J. Henderson's book offers a fresh perspective. By looking closely at the Mexican side of the equation, A Glorious Defeat presents a far more balanced, and consequently more revelatory, history of the inception of the delicate and tumultuous relationship between Mexico and the United States. Touching on a range of topics from culture and ethnicity to religion and geography, this comprehensive yet concise narrative humanizes the conflict and serves as the perfect introduction for new readers of Mexican history.

About the Author:
Timothy J. Henderson is a professor of history at Auburn University Montgomery and is the author of several books on Mexican history, including the soon-to-be-published The Mexican Wars for Independence

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809061204
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
05/15/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents


Map     xi
Chronology     xiii
Preface     xvii
The United States and Mexico, Circa 1821     3
Things Fall Apart     24
The Problem of Texas     49
Santa Anna and the Texas Revolution     75
The Elusive Reconquest     102
The Annexation Crisis     133
The War of 1847     157
Epilogue and Conclusion     179
Notes     193
Suggestions for Further Reading     199
Acknowledgments     205
Index     207

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