El Mexicano


in Mexico

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262355
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947528 | DOI:
El Mexicano

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Western Europe and the United States have played leading roles in Mexico's story. That said, Mexican underdevelopment has two fathers, though one, the Spaniard, must bear the brunt of the responsibility. This story of Mexico begins to unfold long before Hernán Cortés and his intrepid band of Spaniards overwhelmed Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztecs, whio, like most societies on this earth, glorified warfare. A superstitious and fatalistic people, the Aztecs practiced a decayed and defunct theology, believing in a tempestuous and hostile universe presided over by capricious deities who had to be placated. Spain, to the despair of Mexico, had an intolerant, fanatical, and cruel underbelly, plus an economy harking back to the Dark Ages. Itself a colony of the developing countries of Europe, Spain set the stage for Mexican underdevelopment.

Keywords: Mexico; underdevelopment; Spain; Aztecs; religion; Europe; warfare

Chapter.  5603 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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