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by Nelson A. Reed


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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.

Nelson Reed is a pioneer when it comes to studies of Yucatán's history, and this book about the decades-long Guerra .

Nelson Reed is a pioneer when it comes to studies of Yucatán's history, and this book about the decades-long Guerra de las Castas (War of the Castes) was for many years the standard text on the subject. Today there is a mini-cottage industry among academics who specialize it the region's history, but Reed can say with pride he was there first.

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.

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 . I'm the author of books and articles about Mexico, Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula

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. 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.

Ships from and sold by Firehouse Liquidation. To my surprise, I found in this book a sophisticated and illuminating analysis on the origins of this complex historical event. As the icing on the cake, it is nicely written, so reading it was a real pleasure. I definitely recommend it: you won't be disappointed!!

From the forward, a summary: "The War of the Castes in Yucatan is one of the least known but most colorful episodes in Mexican .

From the forward, a summary: "The War of the Castes in Yucatan is one of the least known but most colorful episodes in Mexican history. Indeed, if told offhand that as recently as 1848 the descendants of the ancient Maya, after centuries of subjugation, fought their way across the peninsula of Yucatan and came within a hair's breadth of driving their white masters into the sea, one might suspect a literary hoax. But that is what happened. This is one of the books I picked up in the Alla Bookstore in Santa Fe, recommended by the owner Jim. A history I was not aware of and which I thoroughly enjoyed reading about.

Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2001. xvi + 428 p. 36 maps, illustrations, and photographs, glossary, appendixes, bibliography, index. Rani T. Alexander (a1). New Mexico State University.

Nelson Addington Reed, American Manufacturing company executive. Named Man of Year Newspaper Guild, St. Louis, 1965; decorated Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Cluster, United States Army

Nelson Addington Reed, American Manufacturing company executive. Louis, 1965; decorated Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Cluster, United States Army. Organizer Laclede's Landing, St. Louis, 1963; chairman Cahokia Society, S. ouis, 1963-1964. With infantry United States Army, 1944-1945, European Theatre of Operations. 1Z81U/?tag prabook0b-20. The Caste War of Yucatan )

Stanford University Press.

The Caste War of Yucatan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1964. Pp. 308. Maps, illustrations, appendices, and index. Marta Espejo-Ponce Hunt (a1).

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

Comments: (7)

Na
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....
Yozshunris
As native born Yucatecan and having one of my last name Novelo, like Bonifacio Novelo one of the rebel leader i got completely immerse in the history also thanks to this book i have discovered that im probably related to Bonifacio Novelo as i was able to track a direct relative who was born in Valladolid around 1811 probably the same birth date of this leader. Nelson Reed describes in a pretty concise way how Yucatan was shaped during this war. Its kind of sad knowing that not a lot of things have changed, a lot names mentioned in the book are still in power of Yucatan, the Peon famility pretty much still own Yucatan. However this is an exceptional book that should be mandatory to read to any Yucatecan, however its only known by few people.
Best West
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?
Review by Bob Wolter
Bundis
An amazing book in the subject of a not well known subject.
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.
Shak
Having recently bought property on the Maya Riviera and interacting with the Mayan construction workers I am fascinated by their culture. I like to immerse myself in the local culture and learn all I can of my new neighbors both Mexican and Mayan. It was stated in a book that the Yucatan was uninhabitable by white people until into the 1900's. Therefore I thought it worth a look at this historical event, the Caste War.

This author did extensive research and he tried to include too much into the book. Rather than giving a summation of the war or providing a "big picture", this book quickly dives into every little campaign that there was some journal detailing. And this detail is very thorough. So don't get confused as to what you are reading, this is a detailed analysis, not a history book. This is a slow read and very confusing if you are not familiar with the names as they can be so similar on both sides of the conflict. So many characters and classes are fighting that it sometimes is confusing who is on what side particularly when they switch sides.

But in the end, you will learn a great deal about the land, he people, and how the peninsula developed including the Governor's offer to be taken over by the United States. There are significant discussions of the crops and religion of the Mayans as well. A new "gabacho" such as me identifies the region from Cancun or the Mayan Riviera while the early history is centered around Merida and the West Coast with the Mayans seeming to control the lower East Coast.

Overall, I achieved what I wanted: an understanding of the culture and how it developed. But most of what I enjoyed was in the early 1900s when he began to discuss the economic development particularly the rope material that controlled the economy, henequen (sp?). The book moves forward in this period through the 1960s and the author's first visit to the peninsula and finally to a return trip in the 1990s. In many respects, not much has changed.

This is a fascinating part of Mexico and has charming, hard-working people who are currently going through an economic change that may or may not be to the benefit of the traditional Mayan people and culture. Read this book if you want to know about the area but be prepared that this is not a light reading but rather in-depth. Definitely not something to read lightly on the beach.
The Caste War of Yucatan download epub
Humanities
Author: Nelson A. Reed
ISBN: 0804740011
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Stanford University Press; Revised edition (July 1, 2002)
Pages: 446 pages