HIST-338   Mexico and the Americas

Mexico has two roots?Hispanic-Catholic and Amerindian. It is poised modernity and tradition which continues to influence thought and behavior at all levels of society. Mexicans are torn between a fierce loyalty to their country and a profound cynicism about its institutions and leaders. Finally, Mexicans simultaneously admire and resent their neighbor to the north. This course examines Mexico from its pre-Columbian and Iberian origins through its recent embrace of neoliberal economics and democratic politics. It concludes with the experience of Mexican-Americans in the U.S.