Yucatán's Maya Peasantry and the Origins of the Caste War by Terry RugeleyYucatán's Maya Peasantry and the Origins of the Caste War by Terry Rugeley

Yucatán's Maya Peasantry and the Origins of the Caste War

byTerry Rugeley

Paperback | January 1, 1996

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Conflicts between native Maya peoples and European-derived governments have punctuated Mexican history from the Conquest in the sixteenth century to the current Zapatista uprising in Chiapas. In this deeply researched study, Terry Rugeley delves into the 1800-1847 origins of the Caste War, the largest and most successful of these peasant rebellions.

Rugeley refutes earlier studies that seek to explain the Caste War in terms of a single issue. Instead, he explores the interactions of several major social forces, including the church, the hacienda, and peasant villagers. He uncovers a complex web of issues that led to the outbreak of war, including the loss of communal lands, substandard living conditions, the counterpoise of Catholicism versus traditional Maya beliefs, and an increasingly heavy tax burden.

Drawn from a wealth of primary documents, this book represents the first real attempt to reconstruct the history of the pre-Caste War period. In addition to its obvious importance for Mexican history, it will be illuminating background reading for everyone seeking to understand the ongoing conflict in Chiapas.

About The Author

Terry Rugeley is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at the University of Oklahoma.

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Title:Yucatán's Maya Peasantry and the Origins of the Caste WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:263 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 1, 1996Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292770782

ISBN - 13:9780292770782

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. A Rural Society in the New Century
  • 2. The Return to Pagan Antiquity
  • 3. The Other Side of the Golden Age
  • 4. Dilemmas of the Maya Elite
  • 5. The Imán Revolt
  • 6. "The Devil Will Overtake Us"
  • Conclusions
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Rugeley refutes earlier studies that seek to explain the Caste War in terms of a single issue. Instead, he explores the interactions of several major social forces, including the church, the hacienda, and peasant villager. He uncovers a complex web of issues that led to the outbreak of war, including the loss of communal lands, substandard living conditions, the counterpoise of Catholicism versus traditional Maya beliefs, and an increasingly heavy tax burden.

Editorial Reviews

"Rugeley's book is not so much another study of 'why peasants rebel' but, rather, a study of how societies explode.... His approach to the problem is subtle, complex, and well worth studying." - Paul Sullivan