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Mexico City

Author: Nick Caistor
Publisher: [London] : Reaktion Books 2019.
Series: Cityscopes; City scopes
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mexico City has always been a seat of empire. With its grandiose pretentions, sheer swagger, and staggering proportions, it gives the impression of power exercised over great time and distances. And yet this power has frequently been contested, lending the city a tough, battle-hardened look. At the same time, life in the Mexican capital can be carefree and intoxicating, and the city continues to offer any visitor  Read more...
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Genre/Form: travel guidebooks
Guidebooks
Guides touristiques
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Caistor
ISBN: 9781789140736 1789140730
OCLC Number: 1120198506
Description: 240 pages : illustrations
Series Title: Cityscopes; City scopes
Other Titles: Mexico City : cradle of empires
Responsibility: Nicholas Caistor.

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Mexico City has always been a seat of empire. With its grandiose pretentions, sheer swagger, and staggering proportions, it gives the impression of power exercised over great time and distances. And yet this power has frequently been contested, lending the city a tough, battle-hardened look. At the same time, life in the Mexican capital can be carefree and intoxicating, and the city continues to offer any visitor not only glimpses of past grandeur, but of the fascinating wealth of the culture of Mexico today. This book explores how the city has grown and evolved from the Tenochtitlan city-state of the Aztecs to the capital of the Spanish empire's "New Spain," French intervention, revolution, and the newly branded CDMX. Nick Caistor leads us through centuries of history and into the material city of today: from recently constructed museums and shopping malls, to neighborhoods where age-old traditions still appear to be the norm. Whether sampling ice cream at Xochimilco, watching freestyle wrestling at the Arena Mexico, or savoring long Mexican breakfasts, Nick Caistor reveals why Mexico City continues to fascinate and beguile us.

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"It is not easy to understand Mexico City. Even its inhabitants are often lost in the enigmas of its history and its streets. The Mexicans themselves need translators to guide them through the Read more...

 
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