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A traveller's history of Mexico
Pearce, Kenneth, 1921-
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First American edition.
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New York : Interlink Books, 2002.
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xii, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
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Mexico is a land torn between Latin America and the U.S., between its Indian and revolutionary past and the modern trappings of skyscrapers, cellular phones, and factories. Mexico in Focus is an authoritative and up-to-date guide to this vivid and tumultuous nation. It explores the land, the people and their history.

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Pearce (The View from the Top of the Temple: Ancient Maya Civilization and Modern Maya Culture) begins and ends this chronological history of Mexico with what is perhaps its soul and most constant element the Indians. His history of the Mexican people begins with the mysterious Olmecs and ends with the efforts of the modern Maya in Chiapas. In between, one will find the familiar (Moctezuma, Cortes, Pancho Villa, Santa Anna, even Vicente Fox) but also the unfamiliar. Among the latter are the York and Scottish rites of Freemasons, polka-loving Mexicans, and the complexities of the caste system. Considering Mexico's violent history, both self-imposed and external, it is a credit to the people themselves that so much antiquity and natural wealth still remain. This book, part of "A Traveler's History" series, may disappoint readers hoping for a more traditional travel guide. However, it is a good way for travelers to obtain historical context. Recommend for public libraries. Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 The Landp. 1
Chapter 2 Prehistoric Mexicop. 12
Chapter 3 The Rise of Civilizationp. 20
Chapter 4 The Militaristic Statesp. 46
Chapter 5 Conquestp. 85
Chapter 6 The Colonial Periodp. 125
Chapter 7 The Wars of Independencep. 156
Chapter 8 The Texas Rebellionp. 177
Chapter 9 The Mexican-American Warp. 189
Chapter 10 The Caste War of Yucatanp. 199
Chapter 11 Juarez and Maximilianp. 215
Chapter 12 The Porfiriatop. 229
Chapter 13 The Mexican Revolutionp. 250
Chapter 14 1920-40 The Roots of the Modern Statep. 275
Chapter 15 The Modern Erap. 288
Epiloguep. 332
Mexican Heads of Statep. 338
Chronology of Major Eventsp. 343
Further Readingp. 349
Historical Gazetteerp. 354
Glossaryp. 379
Indexp. 381
Maps and Diagrams
Physical map of Mexicop. 3
Cenote distribution in the Yucatan Peninsulap. 11
Teotihuacan Ceremonial Centrep. 26
Maya territories in Mexico and Central Americap. 41
Tribal boundaries in the Valley of Mexicop. 57
The Anahuac, 1519p. 63
The lineage of the kings of Mexicop. 65
The Grijalva expeditionp. 87
Cortes's march to Mexicop. 97
Northern and southern lake systems in the Valley of Mexicop. 101
Moctezuma's descendantsp. 114
Guatemala and surrounding countriesp. 128
The journey of Cabeza de Vacap. 132
Northward expansion of the sixteenth centuryp. 145
The War of Independence: theatres of operationsp. 161
Texas territory, 1824p. 179
US-Mexico border disputep. 192
The Mexican Warp. 195
The Caste Warp. 204
Revolution: October 1914p. 267
Modern Mexicop. 322
Baja Californiap. 377