Mexico OtherWise Modern Mexico in the Eyes of Foreign Observers

ISBN-10: 0826323138

ISBN-13: 9780826323132

Edition: 2005

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Description: This rich anthology provides a glimpse of modern Mexico through the eyes of foreign observers. Some of these selections are by well-known authors (Alexander von Humboldt, John Reed, B Traven, Evelyn Waugh). Some are unpublished pieces by little-known writers, and six are available here for the first time in English. The writings fall into four periods: the transitions to independence and Mexico's first decades as a sovereign country (1800-1867), the era of Liberal modernisation (1867-1910), the Mexican Revolution (1910-1940), and the post-World War II era. Four major topics show up repeatedly: ethnicity, gender, and race; cultural differences between Mexicans and foreigners; political stability and instability; and the economy and its impact on Mexicans. Although observers expressed a wide range of viewpoints on these issues, they agreed in finding a stunning degree of ethnic and regional diversity as well as what they saw as stark contrasts between urban and rural, rich and poor, modernity and tradition. In addition to Anglo American authors, the anthology includes selections by German, French, Norwegian, and Spanish authors. Just over a third of the pieces are by women, who offer glimpses of private worlds closed to men, such as convent life, relations between women and their servants, and household affairs. Each selection contains biographical information on the author.

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Whither the new nation?
A land of contrasts
A sketch of Mexican society
Life in a convent
With the stars and stripes in Mexico
A view of tropical Veracruz
Defending the French intervention
Life in Maximilian's Mexico city
The modernization of Mexico
Three days of fiesta in Mexico city
Culture shock in northern Mexico
From the Tarascos to Porfirio Diaz
"Military diazpotism" in theory and practice
The barbarous Porfiriato
Revolution and reconstruction
With Zapata in Cuernavaca
Viva Pancho Villa!
Keeping house in revolutionary Mexico city
A revolution for the Indians?
Mexico for the Mexicans
A country without conservatives
Freedom for Mexican women?
The "Mexican miracle" and its collapse
The downside of the miracle
The best of tradition and modernity
Tourism, bullfights, and bullets
Survival in the shantytown
Travels among the Zapatistas in Chiapas
The dead women of Juarez
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