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Mexico's political, social, and economic landscapes have shifted in very striking ways in recent years and the country now moves cautiously forward in the twenty-first century. Revised to address these remarkable transformations, The Course of Mexican History, now in its tenth edition, offers a completely up-to-date, lively, and engaging survey from the pre-Columbian times to the present.

The leading textbook in its field, The Course of Mexican History, Tenth Edition, is indispensable for students of Mexican history, politics, economics, and culture.

Author Biography

Michael C. Meyer was Professor of History at the University of Arizona. A former general editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review, he authored or edited ten books on Mexico and Latin American history, including The Oxford History of Mexico (OUP, 2000).

William L. Sherman was Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the author of Forced Native Labor in Sixteenth-Century Colonial America (1979).

Susan M. Deeds is Professor Emeritus of History at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of Defiance and Deference in Colonial Mexico: Indians under Spanish Rule in Nueva Vizcaya (2003) and more than thirty articles on northern Mexican colonial ethnohistory.

Table of Contents

Maps and Charts
I. Pre-Columbian Mexico

1. The First Mexicans
2. Mexico's Golden Age: The Classic Period
3. Times of Trouble: Post-Classic Mexico
4. The Rise of the Aztecs
5. Aztec Society and Culture
II. Colliding Worlds

6. The Spanish Invasion
7. The Settlement of New Spain

III. The Colony of New Spain

8. The Imperial System Entrenched
9. The Colonial Economy
10. The Colonial Church
11. Colonial Society: Race, Class, and Gender
12. Culture and Daily Life in New Spain

IV. Reform and Reaction: The Move to Independence

13. The Bourbons Restructure New Spain
14. Society and Stress in the Late Colonial Period
15. The Wars for Independence
16. The First Mexican Empire
V. The Trials of Nationhood, 1824-55

17. The Early Mexican Republic, 1824-33
18. Santa Anna, the Centralized State, and the War with the United States
19. Society and Culture in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

VI. Liberals and Conservatives Search for Something Better, 1855-76

20. The Reform and the French Intervention
21. The Restored Republic, 1867-76: Nascent Modernization
22. Society and Culture in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century
VII. The Modernization of Mexico, 1876-1910

23. The Porfiriato: Order and Progress
24. The costs of Modernization
25. Society and Culture during the Porfiriato
VIII. The Revolution: The Military Phase, 1910-20

26. The Liberal Indictment and the Overthrow of Diaz
27. Madero and the Failure of Democracy
28. Huerta and the Failure of Dictatorship
29. The Illusory Quest for a Better Way
30. Society and Culture during the Age of Violence

IX. The Revolution: The Constructive Phase, 1920-40

31. Alvaro Obregon Cautiously Implements the Constitution
32. Mexico Under Plutarco Calles, 1924-34
33. Cardenas Carries the Revolution to the Left
34. Society and Culture from Obregon to Cardenas
X. The Revolution Shifts Gears and Runs Out of Gas: Mexico since 1940

35. From Revolution to Evolution, 1940-58
36. The Lull and the Storm, 1958-76
37. Failures of Development and the Decline of the One-Party State, 1976-88
38. Mexico Since 1988: The Path to Democracy?
39. Society and Culture since World War II

Appendix: Mexican Heads of State
Sources of Illustrations

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