El Gran Pueblo: A History of Greater Mexico (2nd Edition)

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This narrative on the history of Mexican people examines the challenges they have faced since independence, telling the story of their resiliency and creative character during the past two years of political and economic change. It examines the national boundary not as a barrier, but as the setting of complex interactions resulting in the convergence of cultures; and, in so doing, reveals the Mexican experience not only in Mexico, but in what is today the southwestern United States.Discusses the Mexican experience according to major political, economic, cultural, and social watersheds—the rhythms that affect the people—rather than the traditional presidential administrations. Provides historical insight into contemporary events in Mexico, taking into account the events of the presidential election of 1994, revelations of corruption involving President Salinar's brother, and the Zapatista Liberation Army. Reevaluates the Salinas government, and adds information on the Zedillo regime, recent cultural development in music and movies, and Mexican campaigns to create a ready reserve of troops. For historians.

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Humanistic in approach and based on the latest available research, this text explores the experience of the Mexican people and their culture -- not the Mexican state or Mexican politics -- from independence to the present. It examines the national boundary not as a barrier, but as the setting of complex interactions resulting in the convergence of cultures; and, in so doing, reveals the Mexican experience not only in Mexico, but in what is today the southwestern U.S.

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Mexicans, in some ways, have remade their national administration by electing an opposition president for the first time in a century. Vicente Fox, after winning the office in 2000, has made some headway against the national challenges of political corruption, economic stagnation, and drug associated crime. This new president and new enthusiasm notwithstanding, Mexicans, find themselves in the early twenty-first century faced with many old difficulties and stagnant institutions. The struggle against corruption, if it is ever is to escape its Sisyphusian legacy, must become a struggle against corrupt public officials and the campaign to revitalize institutional inertia requires inspired individuals eager to invigorate such disregarded units as the national congress and the Mexico City police. Both of these latter examples are currently beginning to show new life, the deputies in the preparation of an independent national budget and the police with a new cadre of responsible officers determined to reduce crime. Nevertheless, indigenous demands, migrant issues, and national poverty demand immediate attention at the same time that Fox nurtures his rather fragile regime.

As in the second edition, we recognize the assistance of numerous colleagues. Again, we received considerate help in interpreting recent events in Mexico from Rod Camp, the Philip M. McKenna Professor at Claremont McKenna College, and David Lorey, senior fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. We have been challenged to rethink the history of Mexico since independence by our recent graduate students, especially James Garza at TCU, Dina Berger, Monica Rankin, Glenn Avent, and Rachel Kram Villarreal at the University of Arizona, and Bill Connell, Christoph Rosemuller, and Lisa Edwards at Tulane University. Moreover, the faculty, distinguished lecturers, and the Fellows of the Oaxaca Summer Institute (I-V) have had an indelible imprint on our interpretations. In particular, John Hart, Gil Joseph, and Alan Knight have challenged our earlier views. We express our gratitude to friends, who are also our professional colleagues in Mexico City, especially Carmen Nava, Guillermo Palacios, Javier Garciadiego, Josefma Vazquez, and Norma Mereles de Ogarrio. We also acknowledge the Oaxaca team of Francisco Jose Ruiz C. (Paco Pepe), Anselmo Arellanes, Carlos Sanchez Silva, Victor Raul Martinez, and Daniela Traffano and reviewers Ben W. Fallaw of Eastern Illinois University and Barbara M. Corbett of Amherst College. We hope those who have discussed this textbook with us will recognize the ways we have appropriated their advice.

Colin M. MacLachlan
New Orleans

William H. Beezley
Tucson

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