Mexico and the United States
Ambivalent Vistas

W. Dirk Raat and Michael M. Brescia
Fourth Edition

"An intelligent, well-written overview."—Hispanic American Historical Review


"A lively, balanced interpretation that students will enjoy and from which they will learn a great deal about Mexico."
—Mark Wasserman, American Historical Review

"A fine study . . . Should become the standard work on United States-Mexican relations."
—Thomas Schoonover, Journal of American History

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Drug wars, NAFTA, presidential politics, and heightened attention to Mexican immigration are just some of the recent issues that are freshly interpreted in this updated survey of Mexican-U.S. relations.

The fourth edition has been completely revised and offers a lively, engaging, and up-to-date analysis of historical patterns of change and continuity as well as contemporary issues. Ranging from Mexican antiquity and the arrival of the Spanish and British to the present-day administrations of Felipe Calderón and Barack Obama, historians Dirk Raat and Michael Brescia evaluate the political, economic, and cultural trends and events that have shaped the ways that Mexicans and Americans have regarded each other over the centuries. Raat and Brescia pay special attention to the factors that have subordinated Mexico not only to "the colossus of the North" but to many other players in the global economy. They also provide a unique look at the cultural dynamics of Gran Chichimeca or Mexamerica, the borderlands where the two countries share a common history. The bibliographical essay has been revised to reflect current research and scholarship.

United States and the Americas

Page count: 320 pp.
1 photo, 9 maps, 3 figures
Trim size: 6 x 9


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W. Dirk Raat is professor emeritus of history at the State University of New York, Fredonia, and a docent at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. He has authored eight books on Mexico, including Revoltosos: Mexico’s Rebels in the United States, Mexico: From Independence to Revolution, 1810-1910; and most recently Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara: A Photohistory of the People of the Edge. Michael M. Brescia is associate curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museum and associate professor of history at the University of Arizona. He is author of North America: An Introduction, and has published his research in a variety of scholarly journals.