A Glorious Defeat by Timothy J. Henderson
Mexico and Its War with the United States

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The war that was fought between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 was a major event in the history of both countries: it cost Mexico half of its national territory, opened western North America to U.S. expansion, and brought to the surface a host of tensions that led to devastating civil wars in both countries. Among generations of Latin Americans, it helped to cement the image of the United States as an arrogant, aggressive, and imperialist nation, poisoning relations between a young America and its southern neighbors.

In contrast with many current books that treat the war as a fundamentally American experience, Timothy J. Henderson offers a fresh perspective on the Mexican side of the equation. Examining the manner in which Mexico gained independence, Henderson brings to light a greater understanding of that country's intense factionalism and political paralysis leading up to and through the war. Also touching on a range of topics from culture, ethnicity, religion, and geography, this comprehensive yet concise narrative humanizes the conflict and serves as the perfect introduction for new readers of Mexican history.


About Timothy J. Henderson

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Timothy J. Henderson is a professor of history at Auburn University, Montgomery, and the author of several books on Mexican history, including A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States (H&W, 2007).
Published May 13, 2008 by Hill and Wang. 241 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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The US went to war against Mexico in 1846 for territory pure and simple.

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In this book, Timothy Henderson undertakes the task of explaining “why Mexico went to war with the United States in 1846, and why that war went so badly for Mexico” (xvii).

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