Reminiscences of the Santiago Campaign: The Spanish-American War of 1898

by John Bigelow Jr.

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The major land campaign of the Spanish-American War of 1898 was the American battle with Spain for the Cuban city of Santiago. Painfully aware of the mistakes made and lives needlessly lost, John Bigelow, Jr, who served as the Captain in the U.S. Calvary, wrote:

“The enlisting, organizing, drilling, and equipping of an army of over two hundred and fifty thousand men, the transportation of about twenty thousand of them to a theatre of war a thousand miles or more distant, and from a temperate to a tropical climate, on less than one month’s notice for preparation, involved endless confusion and an almost total disregard of the rules and precautions of scientific warfare. In this narration I have not sought to give undue prominence to, still less to disguise, any of the consequences of this want of preparation. On the contrary, if what I have to report can have any value, professionally or otherwise, and I hope it will be found to have some, it must consist mainly in the frank disclosure of everything that fell under my personal observation, the recurrence of which our Government in the future should strive to avoid.”

Military historians will find this an unusually candid account of a war that too often is described as an unmitigated success.


Los Dibujos de Heriberto Juarez / The Drawings of Heriberto Juarez

by Paul Rich

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Que los dibujos sean de la vida en Mexico no es sorprendente porque Juarez esta con stante y a veces traviesamente poniendo arte en la vida y obteniendo arte de la vida. No piensa que el arte sea algo que se produzca solamente en un estudio, o para tal caso, que deba ser mantenido en un museo y visto los domingos. Toma un plato en la cena y traza un boceto en el. Ve un espacio cercano a un area esco lar de juegos y quiere hacer una escultura que lo ocupe para que los ninos puedan jugar en ella. De manera importante, sus bocetos en este libro reflejan, como lo hacen sus esculturas, no sólo su espontaneidad sino su habilidad para comprender intelectualmente y perpetuar la esencia de lo que ve. Los dibujos son tanto espontáneos como intelectuales, lo que no es poca cosa. Eso indudablemente es magia.

That the drawings here are from life in México is not surprising because Juárez is constantly, and at times impishly, putting art into life and getting art from life. He doesn’t think of art as some thing that is done just in a studio or for that matter kept in museums and looked at on Sundays. He seizes a plate at dinner and does a sketch on it. He sees a space next to school playground and wants a sculpture occupying it that the children can play upon. Importantly, his sketches in this book reflect, as do his sculptures, not only this spontaneity but his ability to intellectually grasp and perpetuate the essence of what he sees. The drawings are both spontaneous and intellectual, which is no mean feat. It is indeed magic.

Mexico y sus luchas internas: resena sintetica de los movimientos revolucionarios de 1910 a 1920

by Luis F. Seoane

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La decada de 1910 a 1920 es un periodo de increible agitacion politica conocido como la Revolucion Mexicana. En 1911, Porfirio Diaz, quien habia sido Presidente de Mexico por 35 anos, fue quitado finalmente del poder. Diaz habia ganado las elecciones presidenciales de 1910, pero el Plan de San Luis, redactado originalmente en San Antonio, Texas, por un grupo de exiliados Mexicanos liderados por Francisco I. Madero, arranco el movimiento revolucionario al proponer sacar a Diaz de la presidencia y restaurar la democracia ante un regimen cuyo autoritarismo era ya demasiado.
Los conflictos armados que surgieron a partir de esto eventualmente forzaron a Diaz a ceder, poniendo a Madero como Presidente hasta su asesinato el 19 de Febrero de 1913. El movimiento revolucionario se convirtio entonces en una serie de batallas sangrientas que poco tenian ya que ver con los objetivos originales del Plan de San Luis y se parecian mas a una fragmentada guerra civil. Luis F. Seoane ofrece un analisis de este momento pivotal de la historia Mexicana y de los diferentes grupos y puntos de vista que lo conformaron.



Mexico en 1554

by Francisco Cervantes De Salazar, with a preface by Guillermo De Los Reyes

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La presente edición, quizás la primera que se publica en este siglo, tiene como objetivo revisitar un clásico de suma importancia del periodo colonial novohispano: México en 1554 de Francisco Cervantes de Salazar. Esta obra, además de considerarse una de las crónicas más detalladas de lo que hoy es la Ciudad de México, es un texto seminal sobre los orígenes de la educación superior en el México colonial. En este importante texto, Cervantes de Salazar narra y describe con lujo de detalle no sólo la vida universitaria de la Nueva España, sino que nos habla también de sus cátedras, profesores, aulas, pasillos, y en fin, nos proporciona la historia material de los momentos clave de los orígenes de la Real y Pontificia Universidad de México. Asimismo, presenta una crónica de la Ciudad de México, sus costumbres, su gente, sus calles, entre otras cosas. El género narrativo elegido por Cervantes de Salazar es el de los diálogos muy a la usanza latina de aquella época, siguiendo el estilo y el modelo de grandes latinistas europeos del siglo XVI..

Los BRICS y el Discurso del Nacionalismo en el Siglo XXI

Edited by Myrna Rodriguez Anuez, Luis Ochoa Bilbao, and Marisa Pineau

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En el siglo XXI el nacionalismo sigue latiendo con fuerza y se expresa de multiples formas ya sea en los sentimientos sociales aparentemente compartido51ueq+eNgeL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_s como en las retoricas literarias, las expresiones artisticas, el marketing turistico y en los proyectos politicos. Pero el nacionalismo contemporaneo se ha transformado tanto como el sistema internacional y como las propias sociedades en su interior. A veces, como una respuesta al nuevo orden internacional, y otras como una propuesta para crear un nuevo orden internacional. Precisamente el objetivo de este libro es plantear los nuevos horizontes del discurso sobre el nacionalismo en la actualidad. Las naciones que componen los BRICS (Brasil, Rusia, India, China y Sudafrica) son los estudios de caso ideales para analizar las transformaciones del nacionalismo a la luz del rol de estas naciones que se asumen como los nuevos protagonistas del siglo XXI. Los capitulos del libro, ademas, fueron escritos por academicos latinoamericanos y suponen una mirada refrescante y propositiva al fenomeno del nacionalismo contemporaneo.


A Young Volunteer in Cuba: Or, Fighting for the Single Star

by Edward Stratemeyer, Illustrated by A. B. Shute

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A Young Volunteer in Cuba is a work of historical fiction for young readers written by Edward Stratemeyer. This work, along with his Fighting in Cuban Waters, depicted the Spanish-AmeBookCoverImage-2rican War.

Stratemeyer used a variety of pseudonyms because he found that the titles sold better when thought to be written by several authors. A prolific writer, he collaborated in writing over 1,300 books that sold more than 500 million copies. They included incredibly popular juvenile fiction series such as The Bobsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. To create so many titles, he developed the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book-packaging technique utilizing several long-running series featuring the same characters in a formulaic structure. The Stratemeyer Syndicate was the first book packager to focus on children’s literature.

This new edition is dedicated to Judy Lauder.

Ritual and Secrecy Confront Reality

Edited by by Pierre Mollier, Daniel Kerjan, Yves Hilvert-Messeca, and Carter Charles

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This special issue of Ritual, Secrecy and Civil Society, among other things, questions explores the ways in which the secret initiatory societies interface with political and social history. It would be a great mistake to think that organizations such as Freemasonry are confined to metaphorics and mythologies. Through the years, as the articles in these pages make clear, rule by ritual is more the norm than the exception. Rather than by gunpowder, many moments in history have been determined by the cadences of rite and ritual. Flags carry armies into battle.

As Pierre Mollier well remarks in his introduction to this volume, Anglo-Saxon FreeBookCoverImage-10masonry has often proposed that it “does not do politics.” That will surprise historians of Mexico who have to explain that the country’s first civil war was between York and Scottish Rite Masons, or students of American political parties who note that the first organized political party was the Anti-Masonic. A comprehensive article on the Mormon religious movement, the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, provides another example in these pages of the relevance of Masonry to broader issues. In sum then, an effort to wall off ritualistic fraternalism from broader social and geopolitical issues is doomed. Like other recent viewpoints such as gender studies and racial studies, ritual studies are an important help to our understanding of the world, not a footnote.

Not do politics! At times Freemasonry has been just about as political as it is possible to be. That may make some of its proponents squirm, but the research presented here shows just how involved with the hurly-burly of our everydays this fascinating subject can be.

Pierre Mollier is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (“Sciences-Po”) and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes of the Sorbonne. He is editor of Renaissance Traditionelle and contributes to Politica Hermetica and Farliro. He is an authority on the French painter Jean-Fraçois Garneray. Pierre Mollier is the Director of Library, Archives, and Museum of the grand Orient of France, with a special scholarly interest in the First Empire and the Third Republic.

Mexico En Marcha

by Manuel Eduardo Hubner

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Los que juzgan el movimiento social y político de México a través de las doctrinas recientes se encuentran generalmente con dificultades teóricas insalvables. No saben que los fenómenos característicos de la revolución fueron ya los motivos determinantes de las luchas por la emancipación a comienzos del siglo XIX.  BookCoverImage-9

El autor de este libro ha dispuesto de informaciones acabadas sobre la historia primitiva de la nación mexicana, y de la mezcla de ellas con los documentos más recientes emanados de los líderes revolucionarios de hoy, ha podido obtener una obra en la cual se agotan las observaciones. Benévolo para juzgar a los revolucionarios, no se ocultan, sin embargo, las dificultades de la tarea, y en las páginas de Mexico en Marcha se hallarán no pocas de las interrogaciones que se ha formulado más de una vez el hombre de la calle, en presencia de hechos que para el no interiorizado resultan inexplicables.

Es una obra ardiente, entusiasta, escrita con claridad y buen método expositivo. Es una obra que hacía falta no solo en Chile, sino en todo el continente americano.

Mexico: The Wonderland of the South

by W. E. Carson

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William English Carson (1870-1940) was a controversial writer about social issues but when his book about Mexico first appeared in 1910, critics enthused:

“Mr. Carson knows Mexico thoroughly …It would be hard to discover anything worth seeing that he has not seen. He has wandered around the Mexican capital and other old cities; he had explored the gold and silver mines and visited some of the quaint health resorts; he had gone mountain climbing and tarpon fishing …compendious, concise and clear”.

Mexico COVER FRONT ONLYA century later Anthony Burton was less impressed: “Despite being an enthusiastic traveler, many of his views about Mexicans will strike modern readers as stereo-typical. For example, he dedicated an entire chapter to The Mexican Woman, which makes for fascinating reading despite many statements which read today as outrageous over-generalizations, such as “no foreigner, unless he be associated with diplomacy, is likely to have any chance of studying and judging the Mexican women”; “the Mexican girl has but two things in life to occupy her, love and religion”; “As a rule, the Mexican women are not beautiful”. !!! While readers may not agree with Carson’s views, the volume remains a classic depiction of Mexico in an era of turmoil.

Take a look at the book’s Original 1909 Cover.