The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940

Book Reviews

There is not much new on the activities of the many explorers,
the administrations of the various viceroys, or the controversies
between Nueva Vizcaya and Nuevo Le6n. There is, however, an
entire chapter on the smooth-tongued Saint-Denis based partly
on manuscript material not hitherto used. The several expeditions
to Texas and the missionary activity take on new color when
related from a point nearer their starting places.
As we approach the end of the volume Texas comes in for less
and less attention until in the final chapter important events are
reduced to a sentence or a short paragraph at most. The work
of Moses and Stephen F. Austin from December, 1820, to De-
cember, 1821, for example, is condensed to less than a page. The
story of the failure of the Mexican Revolution in Texas is, unlike
most of the study, based largely on secondary accounts when better
material was available. One feels that the concluding chapters
were hurriedly done, and they materially detract from an other-
wise excellent piece of work. It is evident, however, that Robles
has made a thorough exploration of the various archives, partic-
ularly with respect to Coahuila. A glance at the bibliography
discloses investigation carried on in Mexico City, Guadalajara,
Durango and Coahuila, Austin, Texas, and Seville.
There is a quite satisfactory index, something comparatively
new in Hispanic-American works, and an imposing biblography
covering twenty-six pages.
OHLAND MORTON.
Edinburg Junior College.
The Reconquest of Mexico. The Years of Lizaro C6rdenas. By
Nathaniel and Sylvia Weyl. (New York: Oxford Univer-
sity Press, 1939. Pp. 394. $3.00.)
The modern conquistador in the reconquest of Mexico from
foreign tutelage is President Lizaro CArdenas, a man whose career
has run the entire gamut of the Mexican Revolution from the
time when as a guerrilla he fought Victoriano Huerta until as
a division general he participated in the intrigues of the Calles
"puppet president" regime. Thoroughly imbued with revolutionary
doctrine, he has, since becoming Chief Executive in his own right,
profoundly altered the course of his country's social movement.

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