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Mexico: A History

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This book is a skillful synthesis of Mexico's complex and colorful history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Utilizing his many years of research and teaching as well as his personal experience in Mexico, the author incorporates recent archaeological evidence, posits fresh interpretations, and analyzes such current problems as foreign debt, dependency on petroleu

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Kindle Edition, 428 pages
Published January 26th 2015 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published December 31st 1985)
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Fee
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all history books I read. It is very interesting in the first half, then tails to "Where you going with that?" In the beginning, he mentions the beginning of Mexico City and how it is runned by Columbians. The first Aztec Leader procreates more than Cromartie from the Jets with 21 kids. -Yeah, it starts really early with us Mexicans. Anyhow, the Aztecs take over cause they got so many and em. Then, it goes to more modern times in how the corruption begins and Cardenas is the only president ...more
Steven
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent, quick overview of Mexico from pre-Columbian times to present. Worth the effort. Echoing other reviewers, i know a TON more than i did prior.
As they say, though, the victors write the history. Limited space is given to the indigenous peoples of the country after the arrival of Cortés, other than in their relation to the Spanish conquerors. Mention is made regarding disease, displacement, and involuntary servitude, but cursorily.
Sections on Benito Juárez and Porfirio Díaz are very good.
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Hilary
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has a clear writing style, and provides an adequate survey to the history of Mexico, but damn, is it boring! The history in the book is too superficial, presenting only the bare basics of rather outdated historical viewpoints, and never presenting alternate (and usually more interesting) views or interpretations of history.
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Good general overview.
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