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Mexican Village Life

Nature volume 162, pages 270271 (14 August 1948) | Download Citation



THE monograph under notice*, the sixth of a series dealing With the sociology of Latin America, returns to the Mexican Highlands and to the Tarascan pueblo of Tzintzunzan. This village, which at the time of the Spanish conquest was the capital of an empire second only to the Aztec in size, has now become a sleepy Mestizo community of 1,500 souls which is "probably typical of a vast number of small rural Mexican pueblos". "Empire‘s Children" is a very readable account of this engaging and happy-go-lucky community of potters and farmers where "the great majority of the villagers get down to work only with a tremendous exertion of will power and stop on the slightest pretext", and where "Russia, Communism, the United States and Protestantism are conveniently lumped together as enemies of the inalienable rights of man".

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