- Paperback: 446 pages
- Publisher: Stanford University Press; Revised edition (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780804740012
- ISBN-13: 978-0804740012
- ASIN: 0804740011
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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)
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)
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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.”
“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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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....
As mentioned by the author; before this book there was no information about the conflict in the Yucatan peninsula, and that is why the author dedicated himself in writing the book. This, basically, it's the guide for all books since.
Amazing and entertaining lecture. Great book.
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?
Review by Bob Wolter
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. This book has completely satisfied my curiosity on this subject as it is comprehensive in its scope, with a good background of concurrent events in Mexico to put it into perspective and a good history of the production of henequen and its marketing which brought about profound changes in the traditional fabric of Yucatecan society. At last this subject has been finally dealt with.
My only complaint, unjustly I suppose as I believe he is an archeologist by profession, is that I find the authors style of writing somewhat dry and vague at times. There is plenty of help in this book which includes five good maps, a glossary, a list of Maya religious and political leaders, and a chronology of events.
This book will be a welcome addition to the library of the student of Mexican history as well as the student of Latin American history in general and to those like me are fascinated by the reading of the history of millenarian movements worldwide.
This "Stanford" edition I purchased is of good quality.