Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 183 pages
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This brilliant and eminently readable cultural history looks at Mexican life during the dictatorship of Porfirio D az, from 1876 to 1911. At that time Mexico underwent modernization, which produced a fierce struggle between the traditional and the new and exacerbating class antagonisms. In these pages, the noted historian William H. Beezley illuminates many facets of everyday Mexican life lying at the heart of this conflict and change, including sports, storytelling, healthcare, technology, and the traditional Easter-time Judas burnings that became a primary focus of the strife during those years. This second edition features a new preface by the author as well as updated and expanded text, notes, and bibliography.

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Just beneath the surface of this seemingly lighthearted little book is a very thick foundation of solid scholarship. The author succeeds admirably in opening a window to the minds of turn-of-the ... Read full review

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Whether or not undergraduates see it as such, this book is a landmark in the study of popular culture (not just in Mexico, but anywhere in the world).



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William H. Beezley is a professor of history at the University of Arizona and is the director of the Oaxaca Summer Institute in Modern Mexican History. He is the author of numerous books, including El Gran Pueblo: A History of Greater Mexico (with Colin M. MacLachlan), and the editor (with Michael C. Meyer) of The Oxford History of Mexico.

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