Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture - Vol. 1

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EDITOR’S NOTE

The Encyclopedia of Mexico is a collaborative project involving more than three hundred scholars in seven countries. Nurturing scholarly dialogue across disciplinary and national boundaries, the Encyclopedia seeks to encourage new approaches to the study of Mexican history, society, and culture. The Encyclopedia also seeks to provide students, policy makers, and the general public with convenient access to basic bibliographic and factual data on historical figures, events, and processes, and it is designed to be a useful component for courses on Mexico in the social sciences and humanities.

Although the authors working on this project include many of the top scholars in the field, articles have been selected, written, and edited with a nonspecialist readership in mind. Similarly, it was decided that a straight alphabetical format would be most useful for making basic information accessible to nonspecialist readers. Although the primary focus is on longer synthetic articles, the Encyclopedia also includes supplementary articles on specific historical events, figures, and institutions that, in the judgment of the editorial committee, played a particularly important role in Mexican history and were not (or could not be) discussed adequately in the broader synthetic essays.

Key discussions, debates, and themes have been highlighted in a number of ways. First, all topical articles have been extensively cross-referenced, although in the interest of space cross-references generally are confined to topical essays dealing with subjects specifically addressed in the original essay; readers also are encouraged to consult the general synthetic essays and biographical articles. The Encyclopedia also includes a detailed thematic outline that traces some of the more complex relationships among article topics. Finally, bibliographies have been organized around works that I believe are most useful to nonspecialist readers. This often was a difficult decision to make, whether I faced a paucity of material or an embarrassment of riches. Where possible, priority was given to English-language sources accessible to nonspecialist readers. Although I have consulted with authors in compiling bibliographies, the final decision rested with the staff at Fitzroy Dearborn and myself.

The Encyclopedia of Mexico is primarily historical in scope, emphasizing the development of broad themes, structures, and processes over time. Not only does this focus allow a more richly contextual understanding of specific events, institutions, and figures in Mexican history, it also helps foster a deeper understanding of contemporary Mexico. The Encyclopedia includes topics that have been hotly debated for decades or even centuries, as in the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Editor’s Note vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Alphabetical List of Entries xvii
  • Thematic Outline of Entries xxiii
  • A 1
  • B 125
  • C 175
  • D 391
  • E 423
  • F 465
  • G 549
  • H 625
  • I 667
  • J 715
  • K 723
  • L 727
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