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The course of Mexican history
Meyer, Michael C.
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Seventh edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2003]

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x, 742 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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F1226 .M54 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Course of Mexican History has long been the leading textbook in the Mexican history course market. This seventh edition offers an up-to-date, lively, and engaging survey of Mexican history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Topics covered include pre-Columbian cultures, such as theIncas and the Mayas; life in Mexico under Spanish rule; Mexican-American relations; and Mexico's long struggle to democratize. New to this edition is coverage of the 2000 elections and the first years of Vicente Fox's presidency. Lavishly illustrated throughout, the text features 250 photographs anddrawings, and 14 maps for ease of reference. The book is indispensable for students interested in Mexican history, politics, and culture.

Author Notes

Michael C. Meyer, Professor of History, University of Arizona. William L. Sherman, Was Professor Emeritus of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (deceased). Susan M. Deeds, Associate Professor of History, Northern Arizona University.

Table of Contents

Maps and Charts
I Pre-Columbian Mexico
1 The First Mexicans
2 Mexico's Golden Age: The Classic Period
3 Times of Trouble: Post-Classic Mexico
4 The Rise of the Aztecs
5 Aztec Society and Culture
II The Spanish Conquerors
6 The Spanish Invasion
7 The Fall of Tenochtitlan
8 The Settlement of New Spain
III The Colony of New Spain
9 The Imperial System Entrenched
10 The Colonial Economy
11 The Colonial Church
12 Colonial Society: Race and Social Status
13 Culture and Daily Life in New Spain
IV Reform and Reaction: The Move to Independence
14 The Bourbons Restructure New Spain
15 Society and Stress in the Late Colonial Period
16 The Wars for Independence
17 The First Mexican Empire
V The Trials of Nationhood, 1824-55
18 The Early Mexican Repulic, 1824-33
19 Santa Anna and the Centralized State
20 The Loss of Texas and the War with the United States
21 Society and Culture in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
VI Liberals and Conservatives Search for Something Better, 1855-76
22 From Ayutla to the Reform
23 The French Intervention
24 The Restored Republic, 1867-76: Nascent Modernization
25 Society and Culture in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century
VII The Modernization of Mexico, 1876-1910
26 The Making of the Porfiriato
27 The Process of Modernization
28 The Costs of Modernization
29 Society and Culture during the Porfiriato
VIII The Revolution: The Military Phase, 1910-20
30 The Liberal Indictment
31 The Overthrow of Diaz
32 Madero and the Failure of Democracy
33 Huerta and the Failure of Dictatorship
34 The Illusory Quest for a Better Way
35 Society and Culture during the Age of Violence
IX The Revolution: The Constructive Phase, 1920-40
36 Alvaro Obregon Cautiously Implements the Constitution
37 Mexico under Plutarco Calles, 1924-34
38 Cardenas Carries the Revolution to the Left
39 Society and Culture from Obregon to Cardenas
X The Revolution Shifts Gears and Runs Out of Gas: Mexico since 1940
40 From Revolution to Evolution, 1940-46
41 The Institutionalized Revolution, 1946-58
42 Adolfo Lopez Mateos: The Lull before the Storm, 1958-64
43 Sparks, Fire, and Smoldering, 1964-76
44 The Tensions of Development and Democratization, 1976-1988
45 Mexico Since 1988: The Post-Revolutionary Era
46 Society and Culture since World War II
Appendix: Mexican Heads of State
Sources of Illustrations