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Author Alexander, Rani T., 1962-

Title Yaxcabá and the caste war of Yucatán : an archaeological perspective / Rani T. Alexander
Edition First edition
Published Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 207 pages) : illustrations
Contents Legacies of resistance -- Agrarian change and the caste war -- The political economy of Yaxcabá -- Archaeological settlement patterns -- Archaeological site structure before the caste war -- Yaxcabá and the caste war in archaeological perspective
Summary "The Caste War of Yucatan (1847-1901) is widely regarded as the most successful Indian rebellion in the New World. An attempt by the Maya to rid themselves of foreign domination and revitalize their traditional culture, the conflict led to successful agrarian reform and the reassertion of traditional land use by the Maya. It also generated a new religion with its own priesthood and cultural practices focused on the worship of a prophetic "talking" cross. This war's economic and cultural transformation provides blueprints for understanding present-day Mexico and the expansion of capitalism to rural areas worldwide." "Although important in its consequences, the origins of the war and its interpretations remain controversial. Rani Alexander's interdisciplinary study uses archaeological evidence along with ethnography and history to understand the nature of the region's agrarian system and the processes of resistance. Yaxcaba and its environs, caught in the crossfire of the conflict, were attacked and burned nine times in the course of the war. In view of the enormous loss of life and destruction of property, the postwar agrarian reform seems to be a consequence of economic ruin rather than successful resistance. Only an interdisciplinary approach to these complex events can produce the complete picture that Alexander's work provides."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-200) and index
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Subject Ethnoarchaeology -- Mexico -- Yaxcabá.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Mexico -- Yaxcabá.
Mayas -- Mexico -- Yaxcabá -- Antiquities.
Mayas -- Mexico -- Yaxcabá -- History -- 19th century.
Mexico -- History -- Spanish colony, 1540-1810.
Yaxcabá (Mexico) -- Antiquities.
Yaxcabá (Mexico) -- History -- 19th century.
Yaxcabá (Mexico) -- Politics and government.
Yucatán (Mexico : State) -- History -- Caste War, 1847-1855.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0826329667 (electronic bk.)
9780826329660 (electronic bk.)