The Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War
A Political, Social, and Military History
by Spencer C. Tucker, Editor
October 2012, 1084pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-85109-853-8
$310, £230, 259€, A443
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The Mexican-American War was a tremendously important conflict in both the United States and Mexico’s history. The war directly contributed to the sectional crisis and American Civil War in the United States because it raised the issue of slavery being introduced to the land wrested from Mexico—over half a million square miles, representing nearly 50 percent of its entire territory. This loss of territory to the United States helped coalesce Mexican nationalism and precipitate a virtual civil war in Mexico.

This user-friendly encyclopedia comprises a wide array of accessible yet detailed entries that address the military, social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of the Mexican-American War.

The Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War: A Political, Social, and Military History provides an in-depth examination of not only the military conflict itself, but also the impact of the war on both nations; and how this conflict was the first waged by Americans on foreign soil and served to establish critical U.S. military, political, and foreign policy precedents. The entries analyze the Mexican-American War from both the American and Mexican perspectives, in equal measure.

In addition to discussing the various campaigns, battles, weapons systems, and other aspects of military history, the three-volume work also contextualizes the conflict within its social, cultural, political, and economic milieu, and places the Mexican-American War into its proper historical and historiographical contexts by covering the eras both before and after the war. This information is particularly critical for students of American history because the conflict fomented sectional conflict in the United States, which resulted in the U.S. Civil War.

Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. He is the author or editor of 42 books and encyclopedias, many of which have won prestigious awards. Tucker's last academic position was holder of the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA. His recently published works include The Encyclopedia of the War of 1812: A Political, Social, and Military History; The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History, Second Edition; and Battles that Changed History: An Encyclopedia of World Conflict, all published by ABC-CLIO.


Best Reference of 2012—Library Journal, February 22, 2013


"Tucker, a respected military historian and senior fellow of military history at ABC-CLIO, has assembled a group of scholars to provide greater understanding of the war and its significance for both countries. . . . The greatest strength of this encyclopedia is its third volume, which contains 146 primary source documents. Each has an introduction that places the document in its proper context. Recommended."—Choice, May 1, 2013

"This encyclopedia is recommended for high school, public library, and undergraduate collections."—ARBA, January 1, 2013

"The crown jewels of this work are the almost 150 primary source documents that are reproduced in volume 3. . . . This work covers an area where there is a paucity of information, and its scope goes beyond the Mexican-American War, making it an excellent starting point for those interested in not only the Mexican-American War but also the issues it spawned."—Booklist, January 1, 2013

"Tucker’s knack for skillful editing has again provided high schools and undergraduate collections with a worthy title that is both expansive in scope and expressive in style."—Library Journal, January 1, 2013
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