Modern Mexico

History 140B

Fall 2016
Hearst Min 10
Day & Time: 
MWF 1-2pm

This course will examine Mexico from 1810 – when the Wars for Independence began – to the present. The course’s central theme will be the numerous attempts to “modernize” Mexican politics, economics, society, and culture in the two centuries since independence. Special attention will be paid to the influence of Liberal ideologies, the role of the Catholic Church, and two periods of authoritarian rule – Porfirio Díaz’s 35-year presidency and the 71-year rule of the PRI – that marked Mexico’s modern history.

Course Books

Everyday Life and Politics in Nineteenth Century Mexico: Men, Women, and War by Mark Wasserman University of New Mexico Press. ISBN: 9780826321718 Required
Sons of the Sierra: Juárez, Díaz, and the People of Ixtlán, Oaxaca, 1855-1920 by Patrick J. McNamara University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 9780807857878 Required
The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics by Gilbert M. Joseph and Timothy J. Henderson Duke University Press. ISBN: 9780822330424 Required
Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the Late Nineteenth Century by Gilbert M. Joseph and Jürgen Buchenau Duke University Press. ISBN: 9780822355328 Required
Cuauhtémoc’s Bones: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico by Paul Gillingham University of New Mexico Press. ISBN: 9780826350374 Required
Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness by Alfredo Corchado Penguin Books. ISBN: 9780143125532 Required