Mario Rodríguez was a young man in a hurry. Born in Colusa, California, the son of parents who had emigrated from Spain, he entered the University of California, Berkeley, in 1940 with a major in Spanish and a minor in history. In December 1942, part way through his baccalaureate, the U.S. Army called for his services. The following September he married Mildred Shepherd, who together with their daughter Jacqueline survives him. Mario arrived in France in late 1944; he participated in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded and hospitalized for several months. He was still in the hospital in May 1945 when Jackie was born. Throughout his service years, he took correspondence courses, and he attended school in Grenoble while recuperating. After returning to Berkeley, he obtained his A.B. in 1946 and M.A. in 1948. He completed his Ph.D. in history in 1952.

His dissertation, written under...

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