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Mexico and the United States : ambivalent vistas
Raat, W. Dirk (William Dirk), 1939-
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2004]

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xvii, 296 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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E183.8.M6 R29 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Drug wars, NAFTA, presidential politics, and heightened attention to Mexican immigration are just some of the recent issues that are freshly interpreted in this updated survey of Mexican-U.S. relations.

The fourth edition has been completely revised and offers a lively, engaging, and up-to-date analysis of historical patterns of change and continuity as well as contemporary issues. Ranging from Mexican antiquity and the arrival of the Spanish and British to the present-day administrations of Felipe Calderón and Barack Obama, historians Dirk Raat and Michael Brescia evaluate the political, economic, and cultural trends and events that have shaped the ways that Mexicans and Americans have regarded each other over the centuries. Raat and Brescia pay special attention to the factors that have subordinated Mexico not only to "the colossus of the North" but to many other players in the global economy. They also provide a unique look at the cultural dynamics of Gran Chichimeca or Mexamerica, the borderlands where the two countries share a common history. The bibliographical essay has been revised to reflect current research and scholarship.

Author Notes

W. Dirk Raat is professor emeritus of history at the State University of New York, Fredonia, and a docent at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. He has authored eight books on Mexico, including Revoltosos: Mexico's Rebels in the United States , Mexico: From Independence to Revolution, 1810-1910 ; and most recently Mexico's Sierra Tarahumara: A Photohistory of the People of the Edge .

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This substantial, accessible history covers much ground: Mexico's relationship with the United States and the world economy, the United States' influence on Mexico's development, and the competing civilizations of Protestant North America and Native American-Hispanic Catholic Mexico. Raat ( Mexico: From Independence to Revolution ) begins with the evolution of competing ethnocentrisms (``gringos'' and ``greasers''), then explains how the early history of Mexico's native peoples has shaped the present. (``Mexico today is a land of superimposed pasts.'') Tracing the differences in ecology, climate and colonial economies, he probes the sources of overdevelopment in the United States and of underdevelopment in Mexico. He explains Mexico's own role in its loss of Texas and the divisive political impact of this loss on both the U.S. and Mexico. Raat asserts that like Franklin Roosevelt, Mexican modernizer Cardenas, who nationalized the oil industry, wanted to preserve capitalism. The most interesting chapter explores the ambivalent, hybrid border culture of Mexamerica. Illustrations. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This welcome book on Mexico and the United States approaches their relationship eclectically. Instead of focusing on a major theme, the work presents a series of well-written essays that explore the cultural and economic influences of the United States on its southern neighbor with an emphasis on the historical periods prior to 1940. The author also gives some attention to Mexico's impact on the United States, primarily through the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Raat (Mexican history, SUNY), raises many interesting and significant questions about the two countries' relationship. For academic international affairs collections.-- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
1. "Gringos" and "Greasers"p. 1
2 Space/Time in the Tierra de la Mexicap. 12
3. Up and Down from Colonialismp. 38
4. Texas and a Collision of Culturesp. 55
5. From Pueblo to Global Villagep. 79
6. The Mexican Revolution in the United Statesp. 102
7. Soldiers, Priests, and Lords of Land and Industryp. 126
8. Preening and Ruffling the Serpent's Plumagep. 148
9. Mexamericap. 173
Epilogue: The Rediscovery of Mexicop. 196
Notesp. 217
Bibliographical Essayp. 267
Indexp. 279