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A Concise History of Mexico

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511038679

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  • Modern Mexico, founded after Independence from Spain in 1821, was created out of a long and disparate historical inheritance that has constantly influenced its evolution. Tackling the complex and colorful history of Mexico is a formidable task. Brian Hamnett undertakes this challenge in his Concise History, beginning with a brief examination of contemporary issues, while the book as a whole--ranging from the Olmecs to the present day--combines a chronological and thematic approach while highlighting long-term issues and controversies. Author Hamnett takes account of that past and pays attention to the pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial influence. Mexico's economic problems are given special treatment together with political analysis and attention to social and cultural factors. His prime objective is to make the book accessible to general readers, including those interested in gaining a broad knowledge of the country and those across the professions anxious to secure a rapid but secure understanding of a subject where there are few starting points.

    • An integrated illustrated account of Mexico's history, politics, society, economy, etc, from the early Indians to the present day
    • Pays continuous attention to Mexico's relationship with the USA on many levels, from politics and the balance of power to drug trafficking and border immigration
    • Takes a fresh approach to the history of Mexico and its periodisation, and how the meaning of the past is integrated with the country of today
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    "...a survey of Mexican history which makes for a perfect introduction for either general or high school readers." Reviewer's Bookwatch

    "A superior, accessible history of Mexico that does full justice to the origins of the country's complex multiethnic and multicultural texture." Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511038679
    • contains: 45 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Mexico in perspective
    2. The pre-Columbian era
    3. The European incursion, 1519–1620
    4. New Spain, 1620–1770: Spanish colonialism and American society
    5. Destabilisation and fragmentation, 1770–1867
    6. Reconstruction, 1867–1940
    7. The Monopoly Party, 1940–2000
    Final comments
    Bibliography.

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    Brian R. Hamnett, University of Essex

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