Modern Mexico

History 140B

Spring 2014
Day & Time: 
MWF 10-11A

This course provides a general, critical introduction to the history of Mexico from the end of the colonial period to the present. Students interested in Mexican problems and issues will come away with a deeper understanding of how present-day Mexico came to be. Rather than a chronological summation of events and great leaders, emphasis will be placed upon certain themes and trends with respect to economic, social and cultural development and change. We will be particularly interested in the patterns of conflict and negotiation that shaped Mexico’s history and emphasis will be given throughout the course to the ways in which “common people” participated in and influenced the political events of their times. In addition, we will be attentive to the important regional, class, ethnic, and gender differences that have figured prominently in Mexico’s history as well as to the history of Mexico in the wider world.


Course Books

Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule Since the Late Nineteenth Century by Joseph, Gil Duke University Press. ISBN: 978-0822355328 Required
Everyday Life and Politics in Nineteenth Century Mexico: Men, Women, and War by Wasserman, Mark University of New Mexico Press. ISBN: 978-0826321718 Required
Mexico Otherwise by Buchenau, Jurgen University of New Mexico Press. ISBN: 978-0826323132 Required
Mexico: A Brief History by Hernández Chávez, Alicia UC Press. ISBN: 978-0520244917 Required