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The Course of Mexican History

Tenth Edition

Michael C. Meyer, William L. Sherman, and Susan M. Deeds

Publication Date - November 2013

ISBN: 9780199913817

624 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $76.95

The most comprehensive, informative, and accessible text on Mexican history


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.

New to this Edition

  • Updates to the pre-Columbian chapters reflecting recent archaeological discoveries and new interpretations
  • Expanded coverage of social and cultural history throughout, including discussions of gender and ethnic relations; ethnicity and identity; local religion; popular protest; and contemporary film, music, and popular culture
  • New insights into Mexico's post-revolutionary politics and leadership
  • An additional chapter examining Mexican politics, economy, and society since 2000
  • Expanded analysis of border issues, including migration and drug trafficking

About the Author(s)

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.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2010
December 2006
October 2002

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