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Problems in Modern Mexican History

Sources and Interpretations

Edited by William H. Beezley and Monica A. Rankin

Mexicans, since national independence, have defined their challenges as problems or dimensions in their lives. They have faced these issues alone or with others through politics, security (the military, police, or even public health squads), religion, family, and popular groups. This compelling reader collects documents—texts, visuals, videos, and sounds—from organizational reports, popular expressions, and ephemeral creations to express these concerns, reveal responses, and measure successes. They allow readers to consider and discuss how these documents enabled Mexicans to evaluate their history and culture from 1810 to the present. Offering a wide variety of materials that can be tailored to the needs of individual instructors, these rich sources will ​stimulate critical thinking and give students new insights and often surprising respect and understanding for the ways Mexicans have managed to find humor, even magic, in their lives. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 310Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-4121-3 • Hardback • April 2017 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-4422-4122-0 • Paperback • April 2017 • $27.00 • (£17.95)
978-1-4422-4123-7 • eBook • April 2017 • $25.00 • (£15.95)
William H. Beezley is professor of history at the University of Arizona.
Monica A. Rankin is associate professor of history and director of the Center for U.S.–Latin American Initiatives at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Chapter 1: Independence, 1810–1820
Chapter 2: The Early Republic, 1820–1848
Chapter 3: The Liberal Era 1848–1862
Chapter 4: The French Intervention, 1862–1876
Chapter 5: The Porfirian Years, 1876–1911
Chapter 6: The Revolution
Chapter 7: The Revolution as Lived Experience, 1920–1936
Chapter 8: The Apogee of the Revolution, 1934–1940
Chapter 9: The Second World War, 1940–1945
Chapter 10: ​The Miracle, 1945–1982
Chapter 11: The Lost Decades, 1982–2010
Chapter 12: Contemporary Issues, 2010–

Appendix: Readings for Armchair Historians
This diverse collection of primary sources offers something for everyone, from the neophyte student to the seasoned expert. Undergraduate students in particular will gain not only a deeper understanding but also a greater appreciation of Mexico’s complex and often surprising history. The documents are curated with sensitivity to the popular voices that are so often silent in the historical narrative. What we hear are past Mexicans—from every social position and walk of life—telling their own story.
Ryan Alexander, State University of New York, Plattsburgh

A remarkably innovative collection of documents that will appeal to all types of learning styles. Incorporating written, oral, and visual documents with clear guidance on promoting a multilayered interpretation, Beezley and Rankin introduce students to a cultural approach to major themes and periods in Mexican history since independence. By turns whimsical and weighty, the documents—covering topics from Allende to the Zapatistas—offer readers engaging insight into Mexican responses to over two hundred years of adversity and opportunity.
Steven B. Bunker, University of Alabama

Special Features:

Complements traditional narrative-based textbooks with rich primary and secondary sources that inspire students to ask questions, make connections between events, and imagine historical narratives

Organized around a unique “problems” approach that stimulates critical thinking

Covers key historical themes from independence through contemporary trends

Connects cultural practices, such as music, with political events in the past

Gives insight into the good life for individuals, families, and communities in the past

Editors’ essays introduce each chapter and each document selection

“Questions for analysis” and student learning objectives supplied for each chapter

Offers instructors flexibility in constructing assignments and discussions

Well suited to small-group discussion and debate exercises

Ancillary Materials:

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Instructor's Manual. For each chapter, this valuable resource provides a variety of tools such as lecture outlines, student learning objectives, discussion questions, and other resources to simplify classroom preparation.