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Cuauhtemoc's Bones: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico (Paperback)
  • Cuauhtemoc's Bones: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico (Paperback)

Cuauhtemoc's Bones: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico (Paperback)

Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/05/2011
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In this engaging study, Paul Gillingham uses the revelation of the forgery of Cuauhtmocs tomb and the responses it evoked as a means of examining the set of ideas, beliefs, and dreams that bind societies to the nation-state.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826350374
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm


"a remarkable study that enriches profoundly our understanding of nationalism and unwraps the multiplicity of voices participating in shaping the nation."

"Taking as his subject the 1949 discovery of a burial beneath the church altar in a remote village in highland Guerrero, Mexico, reputed to contain the bones of the last Aztec emperor Cuauhtemoc, Paul Gillingham has written an outstanding historical monograph (and whodunit) that unravels the mystery, follows the clues, evaluates the false documents, explains the national fascination with the bones, dismisses the red herring, identifies the perpetrators of the obvious fraud, and places it within efforts to reframe national identity."
"Hispanic American Historical Review""

"Gillingham's account, based on broad, thorough research with an impressive combination of primary and secondary sources, articulates a well-written narrative with his profound understanding of Mexican history, lore, myth, and culture. Highly recommended."

"Paul Gillingham has told this story with deep and theoretically informed scholarship, discernment, dry wit, and stylistic panache in a delightful study built around the putative discovery of the Aztec emperor's remains in 1949 in the isolated village of Ixcateopan, in the Mexican state of Guerrero."
"The Americas"

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