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Revista de geografía Norte Grande

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SUNYER MARTIN, Pere. Antropología, geografía histórica y formación del Estado en Mexico. Rev. geogr. Norte Gd. [online]. 2013, n.54, pp.67-84. ISSN 0718-3402.

The Mexican Historical geography hasn't paid enough attention to the contributions made from social anthropology. People such as Miguel Othón de Men-dizábal, Paul Kirchhoff, Pedro Armillas, Ángel Palerm and Eric Wolf are among the most outstanding contributors of such an intellectual tradition of social anthropology. In particular, Kirchhoff's concept of Meso-America, coined in 1943, has promoted a whole set of research, which has focused not only on providing meaning to that term, but also on paying more attention to the existence of prehispanics States. Its formation is linked to irrigation systems that made it possible to increased crop production and to supply a growing population. To think about the making of modern Mexico from an anthropological research on the prehispanic past provides another point of view on the process of the formation of the current national States and their relationship with large-scale infrastructure irrigation systems that were developed in Mexico after Revolution.

Palabras clave : Meso-America; Irrigation; the making of modern State.

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