Book Review: The Mexican Wars for Independence

Archives

by Timothy J. Henderson

New York: Hill and Wang, 2009. Pp. xxiii, 246. Illus., maps, chron., notes, biblio., index. $16.00 paper. ISBN: 978-0-8090-6923-

Prof Henderson (Auburn), also the author of A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States , fills a major void in the historiography of the Americas by giving us a well-written, comprehensive English account of Mexico’s protracted (1810-1821) and complex struggle for independence from Spain. 

Henderson opens with a look at Mexico under Spanish rule, including a very good discussion of the complex caste system that dominated every aspect of life in the colony.  He then looks at the stresses within Mexico and the Spanish Empire that, during the Napoleonic Wars, would lead to the revolution. Henderson then follows the unfolding of the revolution, braiding a discussion of the personalities, politics, and events of its several phases, to include events in Spain, that brought, after years of struggle and great loss of life, independence under a short-lived imperial regime.  He concludes by observing that the protracted struggle for Mexican independence set the stage not so much for the peaceful evolution of the newly sovereign nation as for the generations of inner turmoil that resonate to the present. 

An important book for anyone interested in the history of the Americas.

---///---



Reviewer: A. A. Nofi, Review Editor   


Buy it at Amazon.com




X

ad
0
30

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 30 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close