Sean McEnroe

in Atlantic History

ISBN: 9780199730414
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

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Works treating Atlantic history and world systems as their explicit object generally address a broader geographic field than Mexico itself. Consequently, while the vocabulary and analytical categories best suited to the discussions of Mexico in Atlantic history have often arisen from general works, the body of historical information most relevant to the subject frequently appears in studies that are national, regional, or local in scope. Many important contributions to our understanding of Mexico in the Atlantic world have been offered as part of larger projects comparing the French, English and Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish colonies. These works address the slave trade, large-scale agriculture, and patterns of conquest and commerce as interrelated phenomena across the Western Hemisphere. Because such works may be found in other Oxford Bibliographies: Atlantic History articles, the collection of citations presented here will focus on works specifically devoted to the history of Mexico. Chronologically, all considerations of Mexican history in the Atlantic world must begin with the arrival of Cortés. However, the terminal point for studies of the subject (if there is one) is not so clear. Mexico belonged to an imperial system linking it to Spain until national independence in the 1820s. From that point forward, its economic, cultural, and political history was increasingly tied to an Atlantic world dominated by northern Europe and the United States. Because the field of Atlantic history has customarily addressed the period before the 20th century, the citations presented in this entry focus on the period from the Spanish Conquest to the Mexican Revolution, with an emphasis on the colonial era.

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Subjects: History of the Americas ; European History ; African History ; History ; Regional and National History

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