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Sons of the Shaking Earth: The People of Mexico and Guatemala--Their Land, History, and Culture
by Eric R. Wolf
"Wolf drew on anthropology, archaeology, history, and geography to mold a magnificent, sweeping, and beautifully written synthesis. With style and deep personal engagement he unraveled the complexity of Mexico and Guatemala's past with its multiple ethnicities, many languages, and environmental diversity. . . . Armies of graduate students have challenged many of the detail ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 15th 1962 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published August 1st 1962)
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This is a great short version of the history of Mexico and Guatemala in the eyes of an anthropologist in three fields such as linguistics, archeology, and cultural and maybe somewhat biological. Shows the history of the first movements to America in different waves from the East, and how languages spread, and why/how certain characteristics are similar all across the Americas. How the people in the area used their land and lived together. How they changed with the invasion of the Spaniards. You ...more
This is a pretty decent overview of the peoples of Mexico. It's not so much a history of Mexico (since important events such as the Mexican Revolution or the Mexican-American War are glossed over at best), but a survey of the social systems and ordinary people of the region. The book is good for an introduction to pre-Columbian history, and Wolf was foresighted enough to account for environmental causes as well as diseases. If I remember correctly, it was written before Alfred Crosby's The Colum ...more
Anthropologist, best known for his studies of peasants, Latin America, and his advocacy of Marxian perspectives within anthropology.More about Eric R. Wolf...