The Human Tradition In Mexico by Jeffrey M. PilcherThe Human Tradition In Mexico by Jeffrey M. Pilcher

The Human Tradition In Mexico

EditorJeffrey M. Pilcher

Hardcover | December 1, 2002

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The Human Tradition in Mexico is a book of real-life stories of Mexicans throughout more than 250 years of the country's history. This text does not focus on presidents, generals, and other well-known figures, but rather on the ordinary individuals who faced challenges common to all Mexicans of their generation. Editor Jeffrey M. Pilcher uses these vignettes to explore three significant themes: nationalism and globalization, modernization and its effects on ordinary people, and the struggle for the self. Exploring these pivotal topics, this book personalizes abstract, and sometimes baffling, generalizations on social history by providing fascinating and accessible mini-biographies that will appeal to undergraduate students. In The Human Tradition in Mexico, readers will explore the story of a Mexican Romeo and Juliet, gain insight into the Mexican version of Woodstock, learn to make a fine, aged tequila, and meet the 'apostle of the enchilada.' These essays, written by a talented group of specialists, will show how each individual contributed to the forging of the Mexican identity as the country went from a struggling new nation to a modern republic trying to find its place in an increasingly globalized culture. This book will enlighten and entertain readers with its colorful and engaging narratives of Mexicans throughout the country's rich past.

Jeffrey M. Pilcher is professor of history at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Title:The Human Tradition In MexicoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:242 pages, 9.22 × 6.52 × 0.9 inPublished:December 1, 2002Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0842029753

ISBN - 13:9780842029759

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction, A Map of the System Part 2 I. Independent Spirits, 1750-1850 Chapter 3 Josefa Ordóñez: The Scandalous Adventures of a Colonial Courtesan Chapter 4 Anáhuac's Angry Apostle: Fray Servando Teresa de Mier Chapter 5 Lucas Balderas: Popular Leader and Patriot Part 6 II. Heirs of the Reforma, 1850-1910 Chapter 7 Agnes Salm-Salm: An American Princess in Maximilan's Mexico Chapter 8 Felipe García and the Real Heroes of Guelatao Chapter 9 Alejandro Prieto: Científico from the Provinces Chapter 10 Juana Belén Gutiérrez de Mendoza: Woman of Words, Woman of Action Part 11 III. Revolutionary Generations, 1910-1940 Chapter 12 "Te Amo Muncho": The Love Letters of Pedro and Enriqueta Chapter 13 Rosa Torre González: Soldadera and Feminist Chapter 14 Nahui Olin: The General's Daughter Disrobes Chapter 15 Lic. Moisés de la Peña: The Economist on Horseback Part 16 IV. Mexicans in the Global Village, 1940 to the Present Chapter 17 A Public Romance: María Félix and Agustín Lara Chapter 18 Josefina Velázquez de León: Apostle of the Enchilada Chapter 19 Armando Nava and Los Dug Dug's: Rock Musicians Chapter 20 Gabriel Espíndola Martínez: Tequila Master Chapter 21 Index

Editorial Reviews

This text provides fifteen original articles, written by respected scholars, addressing events in Mexican history since the middle of the eighteenth century. The quality of material in this collection is excellent overall and will provide college-level instructors with a valuable teaching resource. The articles contained in this text are, in effect, mini-biographies, each detailing the life of an individual while situating their actions and experiences within the broader historical context. This approach yields a view of history not so much from the bottom up, as from the perspective of lived experience. Readers are challenged to see the world not in terms of broad generalizations, but of the specificities of the local and the particular. Students are encouraged to see that while everyday life is lived in the context of the major events, these great occurrences are also the sum total of individual actions and lives that usually pass unremembered. This book would work very well with courses moving from independence to the present.A very well constructed volume.