The second edition of this accessible study of Mexico includes two new features: an examination of cultural developments since Independence from Spain in 1821 and a discussion of contemporary issues up to the time of publication. Several new plates with captions expand the thematic coverage in the book. The updated edition examines the administration of Vicente Fox, who came to power with the elections of 2000. The new sections reinforce the importance of Mexico's long and disparate history, from the Precolumbian era onwards, in shaping the country as it is today. This Concise History looks at Mexico from political, economic and cultural perspectives, and tackles controversial themes such as the impact of the Spanish Conquest and the struggle to establish an independent Mexico. A broad range of readers interested in the modern-day Americas should find here a helpful introduction to this vibrant and dynamic North-American society.
Brian Hamnett is a Research Professor in History at the University of Essex. He has researched and travelled widely in the Iberian peninsula and Latin America, and written extensively on Mexico. His recent publications deal with the late Spanish colonial period, the struggles for independence, and nineteenth-century Mexican history.
Chronology; Preface; 1. Mexico in perspective; 2. The pre-Columbian era; 3. The European incursion, 1519-1620; 4. New Spain, 1620-1770: Spanish colonialism and American society; 5. Destabilisation and fragmentation, 1770-1867; 6. Reconstruction, 1867-1940; 7. The monopoly party, 1940-2000; 8. The Fox administration, 2000-6; 9. Cultural developments since Independence; Final comments; Bibliography.