The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics

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Paperback, Duke University Press, 2003, ISBN # 0822330423
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A vivid introduction to the varied histories and cultures of contemporary Mexico, told through a series of poems, folk tales, essays, songs, and more, addresses such topics as the nation's uneven modernization, the power of the Roman Catholic church, its turbulent past, and its rich cultural heritage. Simultaneous.

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A vivid introduction to the varied histories and cultures of contemporary Mexico, told through a series of poems, folk tales, essays, songs, and more, addresses such topics as the nation's uneven modernization, the power of the Roman Catholic church, its turbulent past, and its rich cultural heritage. Simultaneous.

"The Mexico Reader" is a vivid introduction to "muchos Mexicos"--the many Mexicos, or the many varied histories and cultures that comprise contemporary Mexico. Unparalleled in scope and written for the traveler, student, and expert alike, the collection offers a comprehensive guide to the history and culture of Mexico--including its difficult, uneven modernization; the ways the country has been profoundly shaped not only by Mexicans but also by those outside its borders; and the extraordinary economic, political, and ideological power of the Roman Catholic Church. The book looks at what underlies the chronic instability, violence, and economic turmoil that have characterized periods of Mexico's history while it also celebrates the country's rich cultural heritage.

A diverse collection of more than eighty selections, "The Mexico Reader "brings together poetry, folklore, fiction, polemics, photoessays, songs, political cartoons, memoirs, satire, and scholarly writing. Many pieces are by Mexicans, and a substantial number appear for the first time in English. Works by Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes are included along with pieces about such well-known figures as the larger-than-life revolutionary leaders Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata; there is also a comminique from a more recent rebel, Subcomandante Marcos. At the same time, the book highlights the perspectives of many others--indigenous peoples, women, politicians, patriots, artists, soldiers, rebels, priests, workers, peasants, foreign diplomats, and travelers.

"The Mexico Reader" explores what it means to be Mexican, tracing the history of Mexico from pre-Columbian times through the country's epic revolution (1910-17) to the present day. The materials relating to the latter half of the twentieth century focus on the contradictions and costs of postrevolutionary modernization, the rise of civil society, and the dynamic cross-cultural zone marked by the two thousand-mile Mexico-U.S. border. The editors have divided the book into several sections organized roughly in chronological order and have provided brief historical contexts for each section. They have also furnished a lengthy list of resources about Mexico, including websites and suggestions for further reading.

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Editor: Joseph, Gilbert M. ,  Henderson, Timothy J.
Number of Pages: 792
Original Languages: English
Subject: MEXICO_SOCIAL CONDITIONS ,  MEXICO_HISTORY ,  MEXICO_ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
Author: Kirk, Robin ,  Joseph, Gilbert M. ,  Henderson, Timothy J.
Target Audience: Trade
Series Title: The Latin America Readers
Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
ISBN-13: 9780822330424
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.00 x 9.00 x 2.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0822330423
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