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The Course of Mexican History
Still the leading survey text on Mexican history from the pre-Columbian period to the present, this thoroughly updated edition of The Course of Mexican History introduces a new co-author, Susan Deeds. This sixth edition offers a fresh understanding of pre-Columbian cultures by addressing trends in the fast-changing field of Mayan studies as well as new interpretations of t ...more
Paperback, 744 pages
Published December 10th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1979)
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It's a good survey of the landmark events in Mexican history. The analysis of the history becomes laughable, however, in the modern Mexican era; particularly from 1980 on. The author walks on eggshells as he narrates the last thirty years of Mexico - these are the years of the destructive globalization experiment in Mexico and the rest of the world. The author gives Presidents Carlos Salinas de Gortari and Ernesto Zedillo, the architect of NAFTA and the intellectual author of the Acteal massacre ...more
This was definitely a textbook, I was hoping for more of a popular non-fiction type book, but it was definitely a textbook. Regardless, I read it cover to cover and really learned a lot. It was a high level overview of the entire span of Mexican history. It never got into super boring details since it was all high level. Definitely worth reading if you want the full overview of all of Mexican history and politics.
For a textbook, this is surprisingly compelling. The authors easily move from the Olmec period to the present and, although they do seem to gloss over elements, they manage to pull together the multiple threads of Mexican history, leaving the reader with a clear sense of the competing forces that continue to pull at the nation today.