Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Mexico at War: From the Struggle for Independence to 21st Century Drug Wars

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Mexico at War: From the Struggle for Independence to 21st Century Drug Wars

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Mexico at War: From the Struggle for Independence to 21st Century Drug Wars. By David F Marley. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 615 p. Acid free, $100.00 (ISBN 978-1-61069-427-8). E-Book (978-1-61069-428-5) available, call for pricing.

This title is the latest in a series of one-volume encyclopedias from ABC-CLIO concerning the military history of various nations, others being Japan at War (2013) and China at War (2012). In this vein, the 275 alphabetically arranged entries cover important personalities ("Villa, Pancho [1878-1923]"; "Santa Anna, Antonio Lopez de [1794-1876]"), battles ("Alamo, Siege of the [1836]"; "Mexican-American War [1846-1848]"), weapons ("Madsen Light Machine Gun"), articles of clothing worn by Mexican troops over the years ("Blusas," a blouse or tunic, for example), and paramilitary operations ("Drug War [1980's-Present]").

Author David Marley does a fine job of detailing both well-known and obscure facets of Mexican military life and history. His writing style is clear and concise, while the liberal use of quotations from contemporary sources adds punch and clarity to the discussion. The volume is well illustrated with maps, prints, and black and white photographs. Special features include a topical guide to entries by era, an introductory essay giving an overview of Mexican military history, a section of primary documents, chronology, bibliography, and a glossary of terms, many of which, understandably, are in the Spanish language. …

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