This is the classic account of one of the most dramatic episodes in Mexican history the revolt of the Maya Indians of Yucat n against their white and mestizo oppressors that began in 1847 Within a year, the Maya rebels had almost succeeded in driving their oppressors from the peninsula by 1855, when the major battles ended, the war had killed or put to flight almost half of the population of Yucat n A new religion built around a Speaking Cross supported their independence for over fifty years, and that religion survived the eventual Maya defeat and continues today This revised edition is based on further research in the archives and in the field, and draws on the research by a new generation of scholars who have labored since the book s original publication 36 years ago One of the most significant results of this research is that it has put a human face on much that had heretofore been treated as semi mythical Reviews of the First Edition Reed has not only written a fine account of the caste war, he has also given us the first penetrating analysis of the social and economic systems of Yucat n in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries American Historical Review In this beautifully written history of a little known struggle between several contending forces in Yucat n, Reed has added an important dimension to anthropological studies in this area American Anthropologist Not only is this exciting history as compelling and dramatic as the best of historical fiction but it covers events unaccountably neglected by historians This is a brilliant contribution to history Don t miss this book Los Angeles Times One of the most remarkable books about Latin America to appear in years Hispanic American Report...
|Title||:||The Caste War of Yucatan|
|Publisher||:||Stanford University Press Revised edition July 1, 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||446 pages|
|File Size||:||875 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Caste War of Yucatan Reviews
This is one of my favorite books of the past decade, read and reread a number of times, dog-eared, highlighted and raggedy with use. It is superb history, fun to read, casting light on forgotten wars, battles, atrocities and horrors that are still relevant today and, I predict, will one day shape Mexican and Central American politics. Nelson Reed masterfully merges the long stories of the overlapping Yucatecan wars of secession and Mayan independence wars with a gifted, engaging style that matches the greatest writers of history.
As native born Yucatecan and having one of my last name Novelo, like Bonifacio Novelo one of the rebel leader i got completely immerse in the history also thanks to this book i have discovered that im probably related to Bonifacio Novelo as i was able to track a direct relative who was born in Valladolid around 1811 probably the same birth date of this leader. Nelson Reed describes in a pretty concise way how Yucatan was shaped during this war. Its kind of sad knowing that not a lot of things have changed, a lot names mentioned in the book are still in power of Yucatan, the Peon famility pretty much still own Yucatan. However this is an exceptional book that should be mandatory to read to any Yucatecan, however its only known by few people.
This is truely one of the very few books available on the Caste War of Mexico.It is painstaking researched and a must read!
An amazing book in the subject of a not well known subject.
Having recently bought property on the Maya Riviera and interacting with the Mayan construction workers I am fascinated by their culture. I like to immerse myself in the local culture and learn all I can of my new neighbors both Mexican and Mayan. It was stated in a book that the Yucatan was uninhabitable by white people until into the 1900's. Therefore I thought it worth a look at this historical event, the Caste War.