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A Brief History of Mexico / Edition 2

A Brief History of Mexico / Edition 2

by Lynn V. Foster
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From the rise of the first civilizations of North America and continuing through the cataclysm of the Spanish conquest and the explosive revolution of 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 of Mexico's pre-Columbian civilizations as well as contemporary indigenous cultures. A Brief History of Mexico, Updated Edition also 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 Calderon, a weakened Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) candidate's threatening a government in opposition.

Coverage also 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 over alleged electoral fraud.

About the Author:
Lynn V. Foster is a freelance writer and former research scholar and adjunct faculty member in the Hispanic Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts at Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816071708
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Series: Facts on File Brief History Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     viii
List of Maps     ix
List of Tables     x
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
The First Peoples: Pre-Columbian Mexico     1
Diversity of Mesoamerican Civilization     23
The Age of Conquest     45
The Founding of an Empire: Sixteenth-Century Mexico     61
The Colony of New Spain     81
The Bourbon Reforms and Independence: 1700-1821     101
Years of Chaos: 1823-1876     117
The Porfiriato Dictatorship: 1876-1910     143
The Revolution of 1910: 1910-1940     161
The Institutionalized Revolution: 1940-2000     193
The March Toward Democracy     223
Crossroads: A Democratic Mexico     241
Basic Facts about Mexico     257
Chronology     260
Bibliography     266
Suggested Reading     271
Index     289

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