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Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800-1850 (Paperback)
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Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800-1850 (Paperback)

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Paperback 326 Pages / Published: 13/09/2004
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This book explores how the diverse and fiercely independent peoples of Texas and New Mexico came to think of themselves as members of one particular national community or another in the years leading up to the Mexican-American War. Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglo Americans made agonizing and crucial identity decisions against the backdrop of two structural transformations taking place in the region during the first half of the nineteenth century and often pulling in opposite directions. On the one hand, the Mexican government sought to bring its frontier inhabitants into the national fold by relying on administrative and patronage linkages; but on the other, Mexico's northern frontier gravitated toward the expanding American economy.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521543194
Number of pages: 326
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Historians routinely call for a new, transnational history; Andres Resendez has simply gone ahead and written one. Grounded in both the history of Mexico and the history of the United States, Changing National Identities at the Frontier recontextualizes familiar stories and events and, in doing so, alters their meaning. This is an important book whose influence should go far beyond both Mexican and American history. Richard White, Stanford University
'... there are enormous benefits to be derived from bringing New Mexico and Texas close together in this sustained comparative scrutiny - one that should interest scholars across a variety of fields and disciplines ...Andres Resendez, equally at home himself on both sides of the border, has accomplished a remarkable feat, taking us further than any historical writer yet into the minds of the diverse characters who inhabited Mexico's turbulent northern borderlands in the early nineteenth century. The 'risky eclecticism' which he has employed in this task has paid off richly - but then there's nothing like hard work and clear thinking to reduce the risks inevitably incurred in path-breaking scholarship.' James E. Crisp, North Carolina State University
'This is an eagerly awaited update and extension of an earlier classic. ... The book is written with the authority of two established authors with a combined wealth of experience in both the subject and also (importantly) in its communication to a wide audience. ... The result if a book that will appeal to a wide range of readers from both undergraduate and postgraduate students, to foresters, ecologists and land managers. A colleague has 'tested' this with undergraduates and is highly pleased with the result. I'm sure this will be a classic text for a range of readers for many years to come.' Arboricultural Journal
"Resendez command of general political, economic, and cultural issues is remarkable. Highly recommended." CHOICE
"...this book is a major contribution to borderlands and western studies and in many ways provides a valuable link between Spanish colonial history of the area and United States history." Journal of American History, Gilberto M. Hinojosa, University of the Incarnate Word
"The major purpose of Andres Resendez's Changing National Identities at the Frontier is to examine the complex and overlapping ethnic identities of the peoples in Texas and New Mexico in the decades preceding occupation of the region by the United States. In doing so, Resendez challenges the traditional historiography of the field that has dealt with the nationalities of Mexicans and Americans as if these were monolithic identities. He argues that individuals and communities in the region struggled with "enormous ambiguities and constant shifts" in identity because a nation had not yet been constructed where they lived. Through his cogent argument Resendez makes a splendid contribution to the historiography of the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico." John R. Chavez, Southern Methodist University
"Andres Resendez writes in truly synoptic ways about Mexico's far north becoming the American southwest in the early nineteenth century. Somehow he manages to keep in play Spain and Mexico, Mexico and the U.S., Texas and New Mexico, native-born and foreign-born, Mexican American, Anglo American, and Native American, traders and governors, men and women, and Mexican historiography and American historiography. The key to his success is a situational approach to identities-in-the-making shaped by powerful political and commercial forces that does not lose sight of particular circumstances and arresting episodes of frontier political life. This is one of those rare, well-researched books that treats national frontiers and histories from more than one side of the eventual border." William B. Taylor, University of California, Berkeley
"Resendez has produced a compulsively readable book distinguished for the depth of its research, making subtle use of evidence as diverse as contemporary memoirs, newspaper accounts, travelers' narratives, and both Mexican and American archival sources. He touches on such themes as the centralist/federalist conflict in Mexico itself, the Texas Revolution and the Mexican-American War, the social history of intermarriage between Anglos and Mexicans, and the pull of the U.S. market economy. A key to the book's originality is that it is written primarily from the Mexican perspective, although with balance. Resendez skillfully blends economic, political, and cultural history in a way that throws new light on the separatist impulse in the Mexican north in the wake of Independence, on political and cultural identities in the Borderlands, and Mexican domestic politics." Dr. Eric Van Young, University of California, San Diego
"In the decades before the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-1847, the American Southwest belonged to Mexico, but the United States economy washed over the region. In this fresh, imaginative, and timely narrative, Andres Resendez probes the hearts and minds of Mexicans, Anglos, and Indians torn between two nations contending for their loyalties." David J. Weber, Southern Methodist University
"Historians routinely call for a new, transnational history; Andres Resendez has simply gone ahead and written one. Grounded in both the history of Mexico and the history of the United States, Changing National Identities at the Frontier recontextualizes familiar stories and events and, in doing so, alters their meaning. This is an important book whose influence should go far beyond both Mexican and American history." Richard White, Stanford University
"...this book is well argued and is a must-read for both American and Mexican scholars interested in borderlands history or in the construction of identity." New Mexico Historical Review
"...well written and thoroughly researched..." -Kevin M. Brady, JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC

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