Silke Nagel, in her book Ausländer in Mexiko: Die Kolonien der deutschen und US-amerikanischen Einwanderer in der mexikanischen Hauptstadt, 1890 – 1942, compares the development of German and U.S. communities in Mexico City between 1890 and 1942. Her exhaustive research is based on sources from Mexico, the United States, and Germany. In addition, the book provides 64 tables packed with social and economic data that further illuminate the developments of clubs, companies, and other social organizations. The footnotes offer a wealth of additional information. The result is the best comparative microhistory of the U.S. and German collectivities and their role in Mexican history during the Porfiriato, the Mexican Revolution, the interwar years, and World War II.

She begins with an extensive review of the existing literature, then describes the historical and political environment within which these two foreign communities had to exist. Next she presents a general history of...

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