The Early History of Greater Mexico

The Early History of Greater Mexico

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For undergraduate survey courses on Latin American history, and for courses focusing on the history of Mexico.

Combining existing knowledge with the most recent scholarship in the field, this rich and informative text offers a comprehensive and fascinating historical account of colonial Mexico from the period preceding European contact through the wars of independence in the early nineteenth century. Emphasizing regional diversity and development, it carefully guides students through Mexico's three centuries of colonial rule, and brings history to life by highlighting experiences of Mexico's indigenous peoples before, during, and after the Spanish conquest.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 142.2 x 223.5 x 27.9mm | 521.64g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130915432
  • 9780130915436

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Along with better-known aspects of Mexican history. this comprehensive text introduces the reader to such important topics as the role of Africans in colonial Mexico, the nature of marriage and family, cultural change and continuity among Indian groups, and the causes and significance of disorder and rebellion, both before and during the Wars for Independence. Abundantly illustrated and featuring excerpts from primary sources, The Early History of Greater Mexico combines existing knowledge with the most recent scholarship in the field to provide a balanced introduction to the rich and diverse history of this important country.
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Table of contents

PART I. 1325-1598.

1. Mexican Peoples and Cultures.
2. Spain in the Era of Expansion.
3. Conquest and Colonization.
4. Narratives of Conquest.
5. Mexico and the Colombian Exchange.
6. Christianity in Colonial Mexico.
PART II. 1598-1700.

7. Mesoamerican Indians under Colonial Rule.
8. Economy and Society in the Middle Period.
9. The Northern Frontier.
10. The African Presence in New Spain.
11. Elite and Popular Culture.
12. Rebellion and Crime.
PART III. 1700-1824.

13. Race, Class and Family.
14. Economy and Society in the Late Colonial Period.
15. The Bourbon Era.
16. The Northern Borderlands.
17. The Struggle for Independence.
18. The Colonial Legacy.
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"Here is a generous, up-to-date presentation of the colonial period that spills beyond the confines of 1519-1810 and modern Mexico's borders in welcome ways. Replete with illustrations and well-placed excerpts from primary sources, The Early History of Greater Mexico ranges widely and well across tithe, place, and big issues o f economy, class, race, ethnicity, gender; family, culture, and politics without losing the bright narrative threads of clash and accommodation in colonial experience." - William B. Taylor, Professor, Muriel McKevitt Sonne Chair in History, University of California, Berkeley

"For the first time we have a text on early Mexico that is both accessible and in tithe with the best of recent scholarship (to which the authors themselves have most significantly contributed). The book is in fact the first .such work on any individual country of Spanish America. Situtated within a specific framework which at the same time is broad enough to be a microcosm, it achieves a richer, more tangible, and at times more coherent view o f developments than is possible with texts covering all of Spanish America." - James Lockhart, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Los Angeles
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