A Brief History of Mexico

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From the rise of the first civilizations of North America, 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. “A Brief History of Mexico, Fourth Edition” brings readers up to date on developments in Mexico, helping them understand the deeper significance of recent events. Since Felipe Calderon … More >>

A Brief History of Mexico

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  1. Stan Gotlieb says:

    Long-time Mex-o-phile Lynn Foster lives in Oaxaca for a good portion of the year, and has written several books about Mexico, ranging from the “Fielding Guide to Mexico” to a “Handbook on Life in the Ancient Maya World”. An academic by trade, and an explorer by interest, Foster brings a lifetime of meticulous research as well as a sense of “life on the ground” to this revised edition.

    The result is a well-researched popularized view of what could easily be tens of volumes of dry material, distilled into one volume of highly accessible text. This book is fun to read.

    (I should mention that I am a friend of hers: but being a Mex-o-phile living in – and writing about – Oaxaca, I would have read this book – and learned from it – even if I didn’t know her.)

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Anonymous says:

    Traces Mexico through centuries of splendor and oppression. Great facts and figures, most of my Mexican friends didn’t comprehend the full extent of de-population after the Spaniards arrived.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Michael Owen says:

    I was looking for a quick overview of Mexican history in my university’s library and found this book. It was exactly what I was looking for. The book is concise, well-written, and interesting. It especially cleared up my misunderstanding about the progression from Independence to Reform to Revolution. I just wish it had more information on contemporary Mexico. The book was copywrited in 1997 so it’s almost 10 years old. I would have liked more information on the scandals with Salinas and on the Zapatista rebellion.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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