The historiography of Guadalajara and its surroundings is as rich and extensive as the region it describes. In this volume, Ibarra uses the example of Guadalajara and its region to challenge scholars to go beyond traditional descriptive regional histories and develop models and theories that could be applied more universally throughout Mexico. While acknowledging the wealth of documentary sources and historians’ use of many concepts and explanatory models from other disciplines, Ibarra believes that defining the economic relationships (or lack of them) among colonial regions is needed in order to better understand important obstacles to postindependence national integration. He, therefore, proposes to analyze the dynamics of trade and economic production within Guadalajara’s region, between the region and other areas of New Spain, and between the region and overseas territories.

Ibarra has written elsewhere about the workings of Guadalajara’s late colonial economy, focusing on...

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