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The Caste War of Yucatan [Revised Edition] Paperback – July 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0804740012 ISBN-10: 0804740011 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; Revised edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804740011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804740012
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Yucatan in the 19th and 20th centuries."—American Historical Review


"Exciting history as compelling and dramatic as the best of historical fiction. . . . Don't miss this book."—Los Angeles Times


"One of the most remarkable books about Latin America to appear in years."—Hispanic American Report


"In this beautifully written history of a little-known struggle between several contending forces in Yucatán, Reed has added an important dimension to anthropological studies in this area."—American Anthropologist


"All academic and many public libraries have copies of Reed's 1964 classic in Latin American History, a masterfully narrated study of one of the longest and most successful of Indian rebellions. . . . Now, he has revised his book, and in over 100 additional pages incorporated the most important of the new research. . . . This updated edition of Reed's history will remain an essential and widely read overview of a fascinating chapter in New World history. All levels and collections."—Choice

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This is the classic account of one of the most dramatic episodes in Mexican history—the revolt of the Maya Indians of Yucatán 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 Yucatán. 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 Yucatán in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”
—American Historical Review
“In this beautifully written history of a little-known struggle between several contending forces in Yucatán, 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


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It is painstaking researched and a must read!
Bob Wolter
I've lived in Cancun since 1983 and I find the The Caste War of Yucatan by Nelson Reed the most useful and fascinating book about this area.
Jules Siegel
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.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jules Siegel on May 7, 2000
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I'm the author of books and articles about Mexico, Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula. I've lived in Cancun since 1983 and I find the The Caste War of Yucatan by Nelson Reed the most useful and fascinating book about this area.

The modern history of the North American continent began here in Quintana Roo, the site of the first Spanish landing on the mainland. The story of Quintana Roo is the story of Mexico in miniature. Nelson Reed's book is by far the most authoritative history of Quintana Roo ever published in English.

Although closely focused on the Maya rebellion that began in 1847 and continued well into the 20th Century, The Caste War of Yucatan presents a sensitive, accurate and comprehensive picture of the entire history of the Yucatan Peninsula, with many important insights into the history of Mexico as well.

Meticulously researched but written in a gripping narrative style that reads like a popular novel, this book is entertaining, horrifying, sad and always profoundly fascinating. Very highly recommended.

jules_siegel@cafecancun.com
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed on August 10, 2001
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Nelson Reed's "Caste War of Yucatan" tells the story of an obscure Maya rebellion in Mexico in the 1840's with vigor and a style that makes this history come alive. This is a history that most Yucatecan ladinos didn't want told for many years. But in a masterful way, Reed has put life into one of the most interesting corners of the history of the Americas...the only successful native American rebellion...one that ended in disaster for all concerned.
The story covers the 53 year struggle of the communities of Yucatec Maya that rebelled against intolerable oppression in 1847 and whose events snowballed to an all out race war which raged on and off until its flame was finally extinguished due more to illness and exhaustion than to the resolve of the participants. This gripping tale of battles and desperation has enough horror and action to cause the reader to ponder who these Maya are that today greet the Cancun visitors with warm smiles and hospitality.
Mike Reed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Wolter on July 1, 2009
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This is truely one of the very few books available on the Caste War of Mexico.It is painstaking researched and a must read!
What happened to the Maya? Why does Southern Mexico has a revolt every five or so years.Why is this item "buried", if noted at all, in the back pages of our newspapers. This Caste War is still present even today.
You must think that the Magnificant Maya built great cities and then simply vanished- but did they? All the way back to Santa Anna(of the Alamo and San Jacinto )the Mayan People have been brutalized and mistreated by their own Government. Yet there is little information on this dark side of History.
Here at last is THE consumate book detailing this dark time.The pent up repercussions of years of shame,torture, and exploitation when they came were horrific. Let the book itself tell you-"A paralyzed curate was macheted in his hammoc; upper-class girls were stripped and raped before their helpless relatives. then tied spread-eagled to the grillwork of windows and mutilated.."
This is a must read to find out "the real story behind the story" of those glitzy tourist attractions. This is something that you will never hear! Curious?
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I am fascinated by histories of the rebellions of technologically backward peoples with a mystic bent whom cannot understand and cope with what they view as the erosion of their traditional way of live by encroaching more powerful cultures or nations or their own elites; as the revolt of the "Canudos"in Brazil in the 19th cent., or the revolt of the "Cristos" in Mexico in the early 20th cent. In the Old World we have in China the Taiping and Boxer rebellions in the 19th cents. And in Africa the well known "Mahdist" revolt in the Sudan, late 19th cent. Of course there were many more lesser known rebellions throughout history such as the Anabaptist movements in Germany in the 16th cent.
What seems to define these movements is a millenarian, religious, mystical fervor with less than an overtly political agenda such as the agrarian peasant rebellion of the likes of Emiliano Zapata in Mexico and the pre-revolution Russian agrarian revolts of the early 20th cent. They are always founded and led by religious mystics.
This book covers very well that of Mayan revolt in Yucatan in the 19th cent. Years ago I spent much time in Yucatan, and though I traveled and lived in many parts of Latin America, Yucatan will always hold a unique and fond place in my memory. It seems to have a distinct, exotic, quaint strangeness about it that I cannot put into words.
I've read fairly extensively the history of Mexico and at times have come across passages that referred to the "Caste War in Yucatan" but with little other information which only tended to arouse my curiosity. Finally, one day while searching Amazon books I came across Nelson Reed's work and ordered it.
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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.
This book is required reading for every expat and outsider in Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche, readers of Mexican history and the US antebellum era, and all Mayanists--academics, hippies, tourists and others. It's great reading for vacationers and foreign students in the Yucatan, that will shock travelers with the rivers of blood so recently spilled over paradise.... Read Nelson and mention a local event to your Maya friends, and you will be amazed to discover that many among the modern Maya are fully aware of the bloody injustices committed against their grandparents and great-grandparents, injustices and grand theft that have trickled down to today's generations....
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