Mexico: The Essentials

Paperback | October 7, 2015

byWilliam H. Beezley, Colin M. Maclachlan

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Mexico: The Essentials provides a concise introduction to Mexican history and culture built on ten fundamental aspects of Mexican life. Featuring a topical organization, the book offers readers easy access to these major themes - the "essentials" - that shape the nation and society: physicaland living diversity, politics, family, economy, religion, Mexico City, popular arts, drugs and crimes, migration, and Mexico in global perspective. Authors William H. Beezley and Colin M. MacLachlan weave together each narrative with material from cultural investigations, ethnic and gender studies,and new sources - including visual and material evidence - to enrich and deepen students' understanding and appreciation of the Mexican past. Each of the essays is written from a historical perspective and begins with a brief section describing the colonial legacy.

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Mexico: The Essentials provides a concise introduction to Mexican history and culture built on ten fundamental aspects of Mexican life. Featuring a topical organization, the book offers readers easy access to these major themes - the "essentials" - that shape the nation and society: physicaland living diversity, politics, family, econo...

William H. Beezley is Professor of History at the University of Arizona. He is the author of several books, including The Oxford History of Mexico (OUP, 2000). Colin M. MacLachlan is John Christie Barr Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Tulane University. His most recent book is Imperialism and the Origins of Mexican Cultur...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:October 7, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019538718X

ISBN - 13:9780195387186

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Diversity: "More Kinds of Corn than One Can Count; More Volcanoes than One Can Name"2. Politics: Independence to the Present3. Religion4. Economy: The Asymmetry of Wealth and Resources5. Family: A Pillar of Society6. Mexico City7. Popular Art: The Cultural Optic8. Drugs and Crimes9. Migration Realities: Crossing the Border10. Afterword: Mexicans in the Global VillageSuggested Readings

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"Concise, readable, and engaging, Mexico--The Essentials is the perfect introduction to a dauntingly complex, notoriously diverse, and endlessly fascinating country. With chapters that range from such traditional topics as politics, economics, society, religion, and culture to contemporaryissues like drugs, crime, and migration, this book provides a refreshingly eclectic take on 'the essentials.' Beezley and MacLachlin's lively introduction to Mexico is essential reading for novices and specialists alike." --Robert M. Buffington, University of Colorado Boulder