A Brief History of Mexico

A Brief History of Mexico

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
An introduction to the history of Mexico covers such topics as indigenous peoples, the environment, culture, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the 2006 presidential election.

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Aimed at students and general readers, this text surveys the history of Mexico, from ancient pre-Columbian civilizations through the 2006 elections. In addition to covering key political and cultural events, Foster describes various elements in the lives of ordinary people. The volume is illustrated with b&w maps, photographs, and artistic reproductions. Foster (formerly Hispanic studies, U. of Massachusetts) is also the author of A Brief History of Central America 2nd ed. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"The facts and information has been well researched and the author has written this one-volume history in a concise, but interesting style." American Reference Books Annual

From the rise of the first civilizations of North America and continuing through the cataclysm of the Spanish conquest and the explosive revolution of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa to the intensely contested presidential election of 2006, Mexico has had a vibrant and dynamic history. This book gives expansive coverage to Mexico's pre-Columbian civilizations as well as contemporary indigenous cultures. A Brief History of Mexico, Updated Edition brings readers up to date on developments in Mexico and helps them understand the deeper significance of recent events, including the 2006 presidential election that resulted in victory for the National Action Party's (PAN's) Felipe Calderón, a weakened Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) candidate's threatening a government in opposition.

Coverage includes:
  • The challenge of revitalizing Mexico's people and resources in this new period of multiparty democracy
  • Indigenous peoples, the environment, and culture
  • The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the increasing participation of Mexican Americans in Mexican politics and culture
  • The testing of the new democratic institutions by the close results of the 2006 presidential election and months of protest claiming electoral fraud.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c2007
Edition: Updated ed
ISBN: 9780816071708
Branch Call Number: 972 F814b
Characteristics: xvi, 304 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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May 12, 2018

An excellent introductory history.


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