By George A. Collier, Elizabeth Lowery Quaratiello

¡Hoy decimos basta! this day we are saying, sufficient! On January 1, 1994, within the impoverished country of Chiapas in southern Mexico, the Zapatista uprising shot into the foreign highlight. during this absolutely revised 3rd variation in their vintage research of the rebellion’s roots, George Collier and Elizabeth Lowery Quaratiello paint a vibrant photograph of the old fight for land confronted via the Maya Indians, who're between Mexico’s poorest humans. studying the jobs performed via Catholic and Protestant clergy, innovative and peasant pursuits, the oil growth and the debt predicament, NAFTA and the unfastened alternate period, and at last the growing to be worldwide justice flow, the authors offer a wealthy context for realizing the rebellion and the following historical past of the Zapatistas and rural Chiapas, as much as the current day.

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P�illiaQ£�JP.. L . �111. �hdandlords When the newly politicized peasants began to clash with the entrenched elites of eastern Chiapas, who had taken their power for granted for so long, the social order of the countryside changed dras­ tically. In Balun Canan, Rosario Castellanos wrote poignantly about these clashes as they were played out on a vast plantation near the border of southeastern Chiapas. She recounts the story of a ladino rancher who responds to government pressure to provide a school for the Tzeltal Indian children on his estate by hiring a barely literate paperboy to be the teacher.

P�illiaQ£�JP.. L . �111. �hdandlords When the newly politicized peasants began to clash with the entrenched elites of eastern Chiapas, who had taken their power for granted for so long, the social order of the countryside changed dras­ tically. In Balun Canan, Rosario Castellanos wrote poignantly about these clashes as they were played out on a vast plantation near the border of southeastern Chiapas. She recounts the story of a ladino rancher who responds to government pressure to provide a school for the Tzeltal Indian children on his estate by hiring a barely literate paperboy to be the teacher.

_;> \ 1 6 CHIAPAS AND MEXICO the most part Chiapas has been little known and visited by the rest of the world. Its mountains, cloud forests, canyons, and jungles are not easily accessible to tourists, and its major cities, small by Mexican standards, rise at the end of long, winding roads. But outsiders have nonetheless exploited its natural resources. The Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century, seeking riches, and were followed by Europeans and North Americans in the nineteenth century who coveted .

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