Mexico is a country of fascinating contrastsglorious history and tumultuous politics, extraordinary culture and desperate poverty, ancient traditions and rapid modernization. Yet despite the growing curiosity about Mexico due to increased trade and commerce, mostly resulting from NAFTA, as well as increased tourism and immigration, there is presently no up-to-date, accessible history of Mexico for general readers.
The Oxford History of Mexico, edited by Michael Meyer and William Beezley is a comprehensive, lucidly written, and fully current narrative history by twenty of the most esteemed historians of Mexico writing today. Drawing on radical changes in scholarship on Mexico over the past 15 years, The Oxford History of Mexico covers all aspects of the rich history of Mexico from precolonial times to the present. Exploring politics, religion, technology, modernization, ethnicity, colonialism, ecology, the arts, mass media, and popular culture, The Oxford History of Mexico provides a wealth of information for all readers interested in this remarkable country.
Fully illustrated, with black-and-white photos throughout and a sixteen page color insert, suggestions for future reading, an index, and a glossary, this is the fullest and most engaging history of Mexico available today.
During the last 20 years, Mexican history has been reinterpreted and reevaluated. Meyer (history, emeritus, Univ. of Arizona; coauthor of The Course of Mexican History) and Beezley (history, Univ. of Arizona; coauthor of El Gran Pueblo) have compiled 20 previously unpublished essays by experts who explore Mexico from precolonial times to the present. Each expert contributes a chapter on his or her time period, and the essays reflect the latest research (as opposed to most single-author textbooks, which tend to summarize the studies of others). Several of the authors are Mexican, adding a dimension not often found in the writing of Americans on Mexico. Examining the country with new and different approaches, the contributors challenge traditional historical concepts on a variety of issues. This volume will be a valuable addition to most academic libraries as well as many public libraries with collections on Latin America and Mexico.--Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Provo, UT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\