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The Human Tradition in Mexico

by Jeffrey M. Pilcher

Part of the The Human Tradition around the World series Series

The Human Tradition in Mexico Synopsis

The Human Tradition in Mexico is a book of real-life stories of Mexicans throughout more than 250 years of the country's history. This text does not focus on presidents, generals, and other well-known figures, but rather on the ordinary individuals who faced challenges common to all Mexicans of their generation. Editor Jeffrey M. Pilcher uses these vignettes to explore three significant themes: nationalism and globalization, modernization and its effects on ordinary people, and the struggle for the self. This book will enlighten and entertain readers with its colorful and engaging narratives of Mexicans throughout the country's rich past.

The Human Tradition in Mexico Press Reviews

What a delightful collection of well-honed essays! Highly recommended. * CHOICE * This is an important collection of cutting-edge essays treating Mexico from the colonial era to the present. It illuminates long-hidden elements of that nation's cultural and political history through intense research carried out by younger scholars. It will be highly useful in undergraduate classrooms and is must reading for historians of Mexico. -- John Mason Hart, University of Houston Jeffrey Pilcher has put together a masterpiece. Fifteen life stories shine a delightfully unusual light into 300 years of Mexican history. Professor Pilcher and his authors distill the essence of what it meant to live in Mexican society during each distinct historical period from the colonial age to the end of the twentieth century. The result is an inspiring book that provides much-needed clear answers to complex issues. The Human Tradition in Mexico should be required reading for interested readers as well as students. -- Friedrich E. Schuler, Portland State University By putting a sophisticated human face on the peoples, places, and periods of Mexican history, this collection establishes itself as an indispensable complement to the standard texts on Mexico. A great boon to teachers. -- David E. Lorey, director of the Latin American Program, Hewlett Foundation This text provides fifteen original articles, written by respected scholars, addressing events in Mexican history since the middle of the eighteenth century. The quality of material in this collection is excellent overall and will provide college-level instructors with a valuable teaching resource. The articles contained in this text are, in effect, mini-biographies, each detailing the life of an individual while situating their actions and experiences within the broader historical context. This approachyields a view of history not so much from the bottom up, as from the perspective of lived experience. Readers are challenged to see the world not in terms of broad generalizations, but of the specificities of the local and the particular. Students are encouraged to see that while everyday life is lived in the context of the major events, these great occurrences are also the sum total of individual actions and lives that usually pass unremembered. This book would work very well with courses moving from independence to the present. A very well constructed volume. * Arizona Journal Of Hispanic Cultural Studies * This text provides fifteen original articles, written by respected scholars, addressing events in Mexican history since the middle of the eighteenth century. The quality of material in this collection is excellent overall and will provide college-level instructors with a valuable teaching resource. The articles contained in this text are, in effect, mini-biographies, each detailing the life of an individual while situating their actions and experiences within the broader historical context. This approach yields a view of history not so much from the bottom up, as from the perspective of lived experience. Readers are challenged to see the world not in terms of broad generalizations, but of the specificities of the local and the particular. Students are encouraged to see that while everyday life is lived in the context of the major events, these great occurrences are also the sum total of individual actions and lives that usually pass unremembered. This book would work very well with courses moving from independence to the present. A very well constructed volume. * Arizona Journal Of Hispanic Cultural Studies *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780842029766
Publication date: 1st December 2002
Author: Jeffrey M. Pilcher
Publisher: Scholarly Resources Inc.,U.S.
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 242 pages
Categories: History of the Americas, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Social & cultural history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Biography: historical, political & military,

About Jeffrey M. Pilcher

Jeffrey M. Pilcher is professor of history at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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