The History of Mexico

The History of Mexico

The History of Mexico

The History of Mexico

Synopsis

This narrative history of Mexico through 1998 will help students and interested readers to understand the long, distinguished, and sometimes turbulent history of our neighbor to the south. Every American should be familiar with the history of Mexico, which in many ways parallels that of the United States. Surveying Mexico from the arrival of the first humans in the Western Hemisphere to current issues at the turn of the new century, this work dispels many of the stereotypes about Mexico, its history, and its people. The sweep of the narrative transports the reader from Mexico's great cultural past to current issues such as the war on drugs, participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the search for political stability as Mexico enters the 21st century.

Excerpt

The good news is that interest in Mexico has risen in recent years. The North American Free Trade Agreement, the important role of Mexico in the international war on drugs, the arrival of Mexican immigrants seeking employment in the United States, and the attraction of Mexico as a vacation destination have created a desire to learn more about our southern neighbor. The bad news is that many people only have a cursory knowledge about Mexico and hold continuing stereotypes about it.

The goal of this book is to introduce secondary school students and the mainstream public to the history of Mexico. The text offers a more readable and in-depth analysis than traditional world history books or texts on Latin America in which discussion of Mexico is limited to a relatively few pages. But this should only be the beginning. It is my hope that after reading this book the reader will engage in further study of Mexico.

Writing solely about Mexico is a daunting task. To devote an entire book to any country's history forces the author to determine what to introduce and, of course, what to omit. This study of Mexico follows the chronological development of prominent themes in the nation's political, social, and economic evolution. The early chapters discuss the arrival of the first peoples in the Western Hemisphere and their successful creation . . .

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