The result of a 1993 conference on Yucatecan history and culture, this edited volume brings together a well-known group of yucatecólogos to offer new interpretations about older regional topics. That it took 17 years to go from conference to book is unfortunate, although Gilbert Joseph’s epilogue (“Some Final Thoughts on Regional History and the Encounter with Modernity at Mexico’s Periphery”) is new and weaves in some, but not all, of the more recent works on Yucatecan history and how they would apply to the themes presented here. In fact, scholars of Yucatán should find Joseph’s essay to be one of the more useful in the book, especially from a historiographical perspective. All in all, the volume offers an update to older, but still pertinent, collections as those of Edward Moseley and Edward Terry, Yucatán: A Word Apart (1980); Gilbert Joseph, Rediscovering the Past...

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