Until recently, Guerrero's past has suffered from relative neglect by archaeologists and historians. While a number of excellent studies have expanded our knowledge of certain aspects of the region's history or of particular areas or topics, the absence of a thorough scholarly overview has left Guerrero's significant contributions to the history of Mesoamerica and colonial Mexico greatly underestimated.
With Indigenous Culture and Change in Guerrero, Mexico, 7000 BCE to 1600 CE Ian Jacobs at last puts Guerrero's history firmly on the map of Mexican archaeology and history. The book brings together a vast amount of cross-disciplinary information to understand the deep roots of the Indigenous cultures of a complex region of Mexico and the forces that shaped the foundations of colonial Mexico in the sixteenth century and beyond. This book is particularly significant for its exploration of archaeological, Indigenous, and historical sources.
"A remarkable book combining unusual ambition, meticulous research, and lucid analysis; in its pages Guerrero morphs from a marginal hinterland of 'wild Mexico' into a dynamic entity whose territory, peoples, trade, production, and culture are vividly recreated."--Alan Knight, author of Mexico: From the Beginning to the Spanish Conquest
"A major contribution to the field. . . . Jacobs has written a deep history that foregrounds the formation of indigenous cultures and economies in Mesoamerican Guerrero over millennia and their transformation during the first century after the Spanish invasion."--Susan Deans-Smith, author of Bureaucrats, Planters, and Workers: The Making of the Tobacco Monopoly in Bourbon Mexico