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1st Edition

The History of Mexico
From Pre-Conquest to Present

ISBN 9780415872379
Published June 24, 2010 by Routledge
808 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present traces the last 500 years of Mexican history, from the indigenous empires that were devastated by the Spanish conquest through the election of 2006 and its aftermath. The book offers a straightforward chronological survey of Mexican history from the pre-colonial times to the present, and includes a glossary as well as numerous tables and images for comprehensive study.

In lively and engaging prose, Philip Russell guides readers through major themes that still resonate today including:

  • The role of women in society
  • Environmental change
  • The evolving status of Mexico’s indigenous people
  • African slavery and the role of race
  • Government economic policy
  • Foreign relations with the United States and others

The companion website provides many useful student tools including multiple choice questions, extra book chapters, and links to online resources, as well as digital copies of the maps from the book.

For additional information and classroom resources please visit The History of Mexico companion website at

Table of Contents

I: The First Three Millennia, 1519-1800

Chapter 1. Mesoamerica

Chapter 2. The Conquest of Mexico, 1519-1521

Chapter 3. Three Centuries of Colonialism, 1521-1810

Chapter 4. From Corn to Capitalism, 1521-1810

Chapter 5.The Far North, 1598-1810

II: Independence, 1810-1821

Chapter 6. The End of Spanish Rule,, 1810-1821

III: Early Nineteenth Century Mexico, 1821-1855

Chapter 7. Nationhood, 1821-1855

Chapter 8. The Dawn of Industrialization, 1821-1855

Chapter 9. The Diplomats Arrive, 1821-1855

Chapter 10. The North Adrift, 1821-1845

Chapter 11 Shifting Boundries, 1845-1855

IV: Late Nineteenth Century Mexico, 1856-1909

Chapter 12. Juárez & Díaz, 1856-1909

Chapter 13. Plunging into the International Market, 1856-1909

Chapter 14. A Superpower Emerges Next-door, 1856-1909

V: The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1916

Chapter 15. Replacing Don Porfirio, 1910-1916

Chapter 16. Destruction and Development, 1910-1916

Chapter 17. Trying to Pick a Winner, 1910-1916

VI: After the Revolution, 1917-1940

Chapter 18. Institutionalizing the New Regime, 1917-1940

Chapter 19. Picking up the Pieces, 1917-1940

Chapter 20. Uncle Sam Confronts Revolutionary Nationalism, 1917-1940

VII: The Rise of the Perfect Dictatorship, 1941-1970

Chapter 21. After Cárdenas, 1941-1970

Chapter 22. The Mexican Economic Miracle, 1941-1970

Chapter 23. The New Partnership, 1941-1970

VIII: The Fall of the Perfect Dictatorship, 1971-2000

Chapter 24. Politics in Times of Crisis, 1971-2000

Chapter 25. Plunging Back into the International Market, 1971-2000

Chapter 26. The End of Nationalism, 1971-2000

IX: The New Millennium

Chapter 27 The 2000 Election

Chapter 28 The Fox Administration, 2000-2006

Chapter 29 The 2006 Election

Chapter 30. The Calderon Administraiton, 2006-2009

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Philip Russell is an independent historian and author of Mexico Under Salinas.


'Recommended. General and undergraduate libraries.' Choice

'[A] very thorough, useful, and readable history of Mexico. The author presents a clear, well informed, and well argued interpretation of Mexican history which emphasizes the country’s economic and social foundations, its political evolution and which takes up at every turn the issues of class, race, gender, the environment, and foreign relations. While this book has 607 pages of text in rather small type, the chapter divisions and subheads make the book easy to read. Russell has been remarkably successful in synthesizing current scholarship on Mexico. Written as a text book with a companion website, this book is quite accessible to the general reader and an excellent reference.'Mexico Labor News and Analysis

'Philip Russell's History of Mexico distils of some of the best scholarship on Mexico and many important primary sources into a general history that makes the bibliography alone worthy of a place on the shelves of both the serious scholar of modern Mexico and the interested novice. Luckily, the narrative of this voluminous work is also well organised and in Russell's characteristic crystal-clear prose." - Bulletin of Latin American Research