This book is the modified English translation of a study in two volumes published originally in Spanish in 2009, “Nosotros somos ahora los verdaderos españoles. The new edition eliminates material not considered essential by the author for an English-speaking audience and incorporates research he carried out between 2009 and 2011.

The result of more than 30 years of working on the Mexican independence movement and its antecedents, this book is very well researched and well written, besides showing mastery of the events and protagonists of New Spain's emancipation process and of Mexico's first years as a new nation. The same cannot be said for the book's treatment of peninsular history during the same period; for example, on three occasions (pp. 38, 45, 336), Jaime E. Rodríguez O. affirms that on May 2, 1808, the residents of Madrid drove the French...

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