Mexico: From Montezuma to the Rise of the PAN, Third Edition / Edition 3

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In this concise thousand-year history, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Latin America explains how Mexico’s present and future flow directly from its past. Going well beyond a comprehensive description of recent events and crises, Jaime Suchlicki provides an introduction to the country’s early native civilizations, its natural environment, the Spaniards’ harsh rule, independence and revolution, the long dominant Partido Revolucionario Institucional’s demise, and the complex and sometimes tumultuous relationship with the United States. Professor Suchlicki suggests seven major recurring patterns in Mexican history and convincingly describes their contribution to Mexico’s current and future difficulties. This new edition provides an analysis of recent social, economic, and political developments, including the hotly contested 2006 election, in which the electoral tribunal determined the presidency and Felipe Calderón became Mexico’s second consecutive president from the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN). Finally, Suchlicki also analyzes the current state of U.S.–Mexican relations on key issues such as immigration. Mexico is essential reading for anyone seeking an up-to-date perspective on America’s neighbor to the south.
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“Informative, up-to-date, comprehensive, well organized, accessible both to students and general readers—Suchlicki’s third edition will enlighten and educate its readers.”
Jorge I. Domínguez

“Informative, up-to-date, comprehensive, well organized, accessible both to students and general readers—Suchlicki’s third edition will enlighten and educate its readers.”—Jorge I. Domínguez, Professor of Government, Harvard University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597971683
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 959,864
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaime Suchlicki, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Latin America, is a professor of history at the School of International Studies at the University of Miami. He edits the Journal of Inter-American and World Affairs, consults for the U.S. government, and is the author of Mexico: From Montezuma to the Fall of the PRI and University Students and Revolution in Cuba. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vii
Preface to the Third Edition     ix
Understanding Mexico     3
A Divided Land: Mexico's Natural Environment and Native Peoples     8
Enter the Spaniards     24
The Emerging Colony     32
Colonial Economy and Labor     39
The Bourbon Century     45
Independence or Revolution     50
The Age of Santa Anna     57
The U.S.-Mexican War     65
Prelude to Revolution: La Reforma     74
Maximilian and Foreign Intervention     82
The Porfiriato     92
The Mexican Revolution     101
The Revolution Takes Shape     113
Political Stability and Uneven Growth     124
Years of Crisis: 1994-1995     148
The Rise of the PAN     159
Mexicans and Mexican-Americans     172
Mexico's Future, Mexico's Past     191
Suggested Reading     205
Index     219
About the Author     235
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