Saturday, July 9, 2011

Discovering the History of the Yucatan

Noisy Sebastian with Persimmon

It’s been more than a week since I posted last. My guests are now gone after their 7 week visit. Now it’s only the immediate extended multi-generational family, i.e. me, Carlos when he’s home for the weekends, my son, Carlos Daniel, his girlfriend and mother of his daughter Kylie and finally my granddaughter Maia Danielle. I guess I need to mention my three cats, Bleu-Berri, Kiwi and Persimmon. The quiet is fabulous! I love my sister’s kids, but they are really noisy! The cats love the quiet too, except for Persimmon who really loves the kids.
CQ and Maia enjoying a quiet moment in the park.
So this morning I decided to peruse the bookshelves to see what titles we have that mention the Yucatan. Back in the early 90’s Carlos decided that he needed a diversion and returned to school to work on a PhD. He had become interested in Latin American History and was accepted into the doctoral program at Washington University here in St Louis. The best part was that they gave him a full scholarship! He became very interested in Mexico and we made several trips to the Jalisco area to visit libraries for his research. He did this all while starting his own business in computer installation and repair. Anyway to make a long story short, he completed everything but his dissertation.(AbD)When we retire he may finally get this done.
So here are the books that are currently on our bookshelves about the Yucatan. If anyone has a title and author we do not own, let us know so we can source it.

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan
John L. Stephens
The Caste Wars of the Yucatan
Nelson A. Reed
Yucatan’s Gilded Age. Haciendas, Henequen and International Harvester 1860-1915
Allen Wells
Memory, Myth and Time in Mexico
Enrique Florescano
Revolution from Without, Yucatan, Mexico and the United States 1880-1924
Gilbert M. Joseph
Guide to Ancient Mayan Ruins
C Bruce Hunter
The Yucatan, A guide to the land of  Maya Mysteries
Antoinette May

Yucatan, Before and After the Conquest
Friar Diego de Landa
Mexico since Independence
Edited by Leslie Bethell


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  2. Thanks for the list. There are a couple of interesting titles on it that I haven't seen. I'll have to check them out. I enjoy your blog.