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Mexico City through History and Culture

Linda A. Newson and John King

Abstract

These chapters celebrate Mexico City as a centre of cultural creativity, diversity and dynamism; trace its history from the founding of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan to the present day; and explore how the varied experiences of its inhabitants have been represented in poetry, film and photography. Looking at the pre-Columbian city, colonial city and modern city, chapters show how Mexico City has grown organically, largely developed by waves of immigrants with new ideas and aspirations. While they have often envisioned the city in new ways, they have been unable to escape totally its historica ... More

Keywords: Mexico City, Aztec, Tenochtitlan, pre-Columbian, colonialism, immigrants, social class, ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264461
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264461.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda A. Newson, editor
Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, King's College London; Fellow of the British Academy

John King, editor
Professor of Latin American Cultural History, University of Warwick

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Introduction

LINDA A. NEWSON, and JOHN P. KING

I Prologue

II History

3. The Colonial City

D.A. BRADING

4. The Modern City

DIANE E. DAVIS

III Culture

5. The Poetic City

VICENTE QUIRARTE

6. The Cinematic City

HUGO LARA CHÁVEZ

7. The Photographic City

MAGALI TERCERO