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The Mexicans

A Sense Of Culture, 1st Edition

By Floyd Merrell


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This historical overview of Mexico explores at every opportunity what it is that makes contemporary Mexico the fascinating and vibrant melange of cultures that it is. Embracing an exuberant array of ethnic diversity?including Amerindian, African-American, and European cultures?Mexico is emblematic of much of the clash and combination of cultures that characterizes virtually all of Latin America, from the earliest European conquest and colonization to the present day, The Mexicans: A Sense of Culture captures and reveals the intriguing complexities of daily life in Mexico, from its artistic pursuits to its political and economic patterns.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Learning Language,

Knowing Culture 1

1 Getting it, Between Cultures 7

2 The Importance of Mexico's Past 27

3 This New World, Spanish Style 47

4 Conquest and Colony 65

5 Cultural Hybridity Emerging 75

6 Making Today's Mexico: Criollos,

Independence, and Caudillos 91

7 The Mexican Mind: An Interlude 107

8 Making Today's Mexico: The Nineteenth Century

and the Mexican Revolution 127

9 Problems That Wouldn't Go Away 141

10 Particular Mexican Ways 155

11 Making Today's Mexico: Or, How and

Why Are There Two Mexicos? 175

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12 Along the Political Roller Coaster 193

13 And Now: Pre-Postmodern Mexico? 209

14 Flying High or Primed for a Fall? 225

Appendix 239

Glossary 241

Reftrences 251


About the Author

Merrell, Floyd

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