The Oxford History of Mexico

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The Oxford History of Mexico is a narrative history of the events, institutions and characters that have shaped Mexican history from the reign of the Aztecs through the twenty-first century. When the hardcover edition released in 2000, it was praised for both its breadth and depth--all aspects of Mexican history, from religion to technology, ethnicity, ecology and mass media, are analyzed with insight and clarity. Available for the first time in paperback, the History covers every era in the nation's history in chronological format, offering a quick, affordable reference source for students, scholars and anyone who has ever been interested in Mexico's rich cultural heritage.

Scholars have contributed fascinating essays ranging from thematic ("Faith and Morals in Colonial Mexico," "Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Postrevolutionary Era") to centered around one pivotal moment or epoch in Mexican history ("Betterment for Whom? The Reform Period: 1855-1875"). Two such major events are the Mexican War of Independence (1810-1821) and the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), the subjects of several essays in the book. Publication of the reissued edition will coincide with anniversaries of these critical turning points.

Essays are updated to reflect new discoveries, advances in scholarship, and occurences of the past decade. A revised glossary and index ensure that readers will have immediate access to any information they seek.

William Beezley, co-editor of the original edition, has written a new preface that focuses on the past decade and covers such issues as immigration from Mexico to the United States and the democratization implied by the defeat of the official party in the 2000 and 2006 presidential elections. Beezley also explores the significance of the bicentennial of independence and centennial of the Revolution. With these updates and a completely modern, bold new design, the reissued edition refreshes the beloved Oxford History of Mexico for a new generation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199731985
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 403,416
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Beezley is Professor of History at the University of Arizona and Series Editor of The Mexican Experience and Latin American Silhouettes.

Michael C. Meyer was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Arizona and author of several books on Mexican history, including (with William Sherman and Susan Deeds) The Course of Mexican History, now in its ninth edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Section I The Great Encounter 9

1 The Spain that Encountered Mexico Helen Nader 11

2 The Mexico that Spain Encountered Susan Schroeder 45

3 The Collision of Two Worlds Ross Hassig 73

Section II Crown, Cross, and Lance in New Spain, 1521-1810 109

4 An Empire Beyond Compare Mark A. Burkholder 111

5 Faith and Morals in Colonial Mexico Linda A. Curcio-Nagy 143

6 Indian Resistance to Colonialism Robert W. Patch 175

7 Disease, Ecology, and the Environment Elinor G. K. Melville Bradley Skopyk 203

8 Women in Colonial Mexico Asunción Lavrin 235

Section III Collapse, Regeneration, and Challenge, 1810-1910 263

9 The Old Colonialism Ends, the New Colonialism Begins Virginia Guedea 265

10 Fashioning a New Nation Christon I. Archer 285

11 War and Peace with the United States Josefina Zoraida Vázquez Michael M. Brescia 319

12 Betterment for Whom? The Reform Period: 1855-75 Paul Vanderwood 349

13 The Culture of Modernity Robert M. Buffington William E. French 373

Section IV The Mexican Revolution, 1910-40 407

14 The Mexican Revolution, 1910-20 John Mason Hart 409

15 Rebuilding the Nation Thomas Benjamin 438

16 Mexico and the Outside World Friedrich E. Schuler 471

17 Mexican Culture, 1920-45 Helen Delpar 508

Section V Mexico in the Post-World War II Era 535

18 The Mexican "Miracle" and its Collapse John W. Sherman 537

19 The Time of the Technocrats and Deconstruction of the Revolution Roderic Ai Camp 569

20 Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Postrevolutionary Era Anne Rubenstein 598

Glossary 635

Bibliography 643

Contributors 655

Index 657

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