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History of Mexico

3 Credits
Discover the rich political, cultural and social history of Mexico from ancient times to the present. Great pre-Columbian civilizations, the Spanich Conquest, the role of the Catholic Church, the achievement of independence, struggle and loss in the Mexican-American War. Also study political instability, foreign intervention and modernization in the 19th century, the resolution of the early 20th century and Mexico's continued development through the early 21st century are covered. The course addresses national social studies standards for grades 5-12.

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.