Creating Pátzcuaro, Creating Mexico

Art, Tourism, and Nation Building under Lázaro Cárdenas

Author: Jennifer Jolly

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477314229

Category: Art

Page: 352

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In the 1930s, the artistic and cultural patronage of celebrated Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas transformed a small Michoacán city, Pátzcuaro, into a popular center for national tourism. Cárdenas commissioned public monuments and archeological excavations; supported new schools, libraries, and a public theater; developed tourism sites and infrastructure, including the Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares; and hired artists to paint murals celebrating regional history, traditions, and culture. The creation of Pátzcuaro was formative for Mexico; not only did it provide an early model for regional economic and cultural development, but it also helped establish some of Mexico's most enduring national myths, rituals, and institutions. In Creating Pátzcuaro, Creating Mexico, Jennifer Jolly argues that Pátzcuaro became a microcosm of cultural power during the 1930s and that we find the foundations of modern Mexico in its creation. Her extensive historical and archival research reveals how Cárdenas and the artists and intellectuals who worked with him used cultural patronage as a guise for radical modernization in the region. Jolly demonstrates that the Pátzcuaro project helped define a new modern body politic for Mexico, in which the population was asked to emulate Cárdenas by touring the country and seeing and embracing its land, history, and people. Ultimately, by offering Mexicans a means to identify and engage with power and privilege, the creation of Pátzcuaro placed art and tourism at the center of Mexico's postrevolutionary nation building project.

The Man Who Invented Aztec Crystal Skulls

The Adventures of Eugène Boban

Author: Jane MacLaren Walsh,Brett Topping

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1789200962

Category: Art

Page: 348

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Eugène Boban began life in humble circumstances in Paris, traveled to the California Gold Rush, and later became a recognized authority on pre-Columbian cultures. He also invented an entire category of archaeological artifact: the Aztec crystal skull. By his own admission, he successfully “palmed off” a number of these crystal skulls on the curators of Europe’s leading museums. How could that happen, and who was this man? Detailed are the travels, self-education, and archaeological explorations of Eugène Boban; this book also explores the circumstances that allowed him to sell fakes to museums that would remain undetected for over a century.

To Shake the Sleeping Self

A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

Author: Jedidiah Jenkins

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 1524761397

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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New York Times bestseller | “Thrilling, tender, utterly absorbing . . . Every chapter shimmered with truth.” —Cheryl Strayed From travel writer Jedidiah Jenkins comes a long-awaited memoir of adventure, struggle, and lessons learned while bicycling the 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia. On the eve of turning thirty, terrified of being funneled into a life he didn't choose, Jedidiah Jenkins quit his dream job and spent the next sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia. He chronicled the trip on Instagram, where his photos and profound reflections on life soon attracted hundreds of thousands of followers and got him featured by National Geographic and The Paris Review. In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Jed narrates the adventure that started it all: the people and places he encountered on his way to the bottom of the world, and the internal journey that prompted it. As he traverses cities, mountains, and inner boundaries, Jenkins grapples with the questions of what it means to be an adult, his struggle to reconcile his sexual identity with his conservative Christian upbringing, and his belief in travel as a way to "wake us up" to life back home. A soul-stirring read for the wanderer in each of us, To Shake the Sleeping Self is an unforgettable reflection on adventure, identity, and a life lived without regret.

What Is a Border?

Author: Manlio Graziano

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 1503606635

Category: Political Science

Page: 112

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The fall of the Berlin Wall, symbol of the bipolar order that emerged after World War II, seemed to inaugurate an age of ever fewer borders. The liberalization and integration of markets, the creation of vast free-trade zones, the birth of a new political and monetary union in Europe—all seemed to point in that direction. Only thirty years later, the tendency appears to be quite the opposite. Talk of a wall with Mexico is only one sign among many that boundaries and borders are being revisited, expanding in number, and being reintroduced where they had virtually been abolished. Is this an out-of-step, deceptive last gasp of national sovereignty or the victory of the weight of history over the power of place? The fact that borders have made a comeback, warns Manlio Graziano, in his analysis of the dangerous fault lines that have opened in the contemporary world, does not mean that they will resolve any problems. His geopolitical history and analysis of the phenomenon draws our attention to the ground shifting under our feet in the present and allows us to speculate on what might happen in the future.

Trump's Wall

The Wall That Built Itself and Made Money Doing It

Author: Mark Olson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998462790


Page: 161

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President Trump has told us he wants to build a wall to protect our nation's sovereignty. Regardless of party politics, let us change the basic assumption of a "wall and a road" to thinking about this as a much greater project that serves a much greater need for our society. A wall is a 20 or 30 foot tall structure that divides space. Two parallel walls ... can be a building. Trump's Wall could create a unique opportunity in history to create an environment, an economic ecosystem, that would attract people and create thousands of new jobs in both the U.S. and Mexico. One of the major roadblocks to ambitious projects in our modern era has been securing right-of-ways, the physical land necessary.Trump's Wall may be one of our last viable remaining transcontinental corridors for: Transcontinental Super-Conducting Power Lines running in Trump's WallSolar panel power generating array power transmission to population centers. Desalination plants and transcontinental fresh water pipelines for the American Desert Southwest. A transcontinental shipping container rail system running through Trump's Wall, an alternative to the Panama Canal. High-speed transportation systems located within the protective envelope of Trump's Wall. The wall could be built as a hub for a worldwide transportation system that would give us regular, reliable, economical access to Earth orbit to work, to manufacture, to produce. To build a manufacturing infrastructure in Earth orbit. For things can be made in space that cannot be made on Earth.To explore and utilize a new environment, space. To project ourselves beyond our world, beyond our world view, beyond how we now view ourselves. To become a spacefaring race. A project of this magnitude would require the awesome power of government and the boundless energy of a free people. Yes, there will be success and tragedy, triumphs and setbacks for, to engineer is human. We are ready, technologically. The question is, do we have the will to dare great things and the determination to see them through? This is what this book is about.