The History of Mexico by Burton Kirkwood

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



This narrative history of Mexico through 1998 will help students and interested readers to understand the long, distinguished, and sometimes turbulent history of our neighbor to the south. Every American should be familiar with the history of Mexico, which in many ways parallels that of the United States. Surveying Mexico from the arrival of the first humans in the Western Hemisphere to current issues at the turn of the new century, this work dispels many of the stereotypes about Mexico, its history, and its people. The sweep of the narrative transports the reader from Mexico's great cultural past to current issues such as the war on drugs, participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the search for political stability as it enters the 21st century. The first half of the book examines the arrival of the first peoples into the Western Hemisphere in what is now Mexico and their successful creation of political, social, and economic institutions. The destruction of these institutions by the conquering Spanish, the rise of the Spanish colonial system, and Mexico's attempts at self-rule in the 19th century complete the first half of the work. The second half recounts the emergence of the dictator Porfirio Diaz in 1876, the 1910 revolution, and the political, social, and economic development of modern Mexico through the end of 1998. Ready reference materials include a timeline of key events in Mexican history, biographical sketches of 24 noted Mexicans, and a bibliographical essay of recommended books for students.

About Burton Kirkwood

See more books from this Author
BURTON KIRKWOOD is Professor of History at the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana.
Published March 30, 2000 by Greenwood Press. 245 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The History of Mexico

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Kirkwood, a professor of history at the University of Evansville, Indiana, divides the volume under subheadings like ""Geography,"" ""Population and Language,"" ""Wage Labor"" and ""Colonial Economic Order."" His most vivid chapters cover the Spanish conquest of the Aztec people and are rife with...

| Read Full Review of The History of Mexico

Reader Rating for The History of Mexico

An aggregated and normalized score based on 8 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review