Drawing on materials ranging from archaeological findings to recent studies of migration issues and drug violence, William H. Beezley provides a dramatic narrative of human events as he recounts the story of Mexico in the context of world history. Beginning with the Mayan and Aztec civilizations and their brutal defeat at the hands of the Conquistadors, Beezley highlights the penetrating effect of Spain's three-hundred-year colonial rule, during which Mexico became a multicultural society marked by Roman Catholicism and the Spanish language. Independence, he shows, was likewise marked by foreign invasions and huge territorial losses, this time at the hands of the United States, who annexed a vast land mass--including the states of Texas, New Mexico, and California--and remained a powerful presence along the border. The 1910 revolution propelled land, educational, and public health reforms, but later governments turned to authoritarian rule, personal profits, and marginalization of rural, indigenous, and poor Mexicans. Throughout this eventful chronicle, Beezley highlights the people and international forces that shaped Mexico's rich and tumultuous history.
About the Author
William H. Beezley is Professor of History at the University of Arizona and co-editor of The Oxford History of Mexico (with Michael Meyers).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: First Cultures and Indigenous Empires
Chapter 2: Conquest and Colony
Chapter 3: Independence and its Challenges, 1810-1844
Chapter 4: Embattled Mexico, 1844-1876
Chapter 5: Progress for Mexico and Some Mexicans, 1876-1911
Chapter 6: Revolution, 1910-1946
Chapter 7: Revolution for Middling Mexicans and its End, 1938-1982
Chapter 8: Contemporary Mexico
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Mexico in World History based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
If you want a quick refresher of Mexican history (conservative and somwehat reliable) go ahead- I must say i didnt like the ending, too abrupt. It was almost as if the author was bored and ready to move on to the next book.