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Ramón Eduardo Ruiz, D.E.P.

12 July 2010

One of the great Mexican historians in English (an admittedly small group),  Ramón Eduardo Ruiz, died yesterday in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  He was 88 years old.

The son of a emigre Mexican naval officer turned California farmer, Ruiz was raised on stories of the Mexican past, something he sought to share with his students since the 196os.  A long time professor at the University of Calfornia at La Jolla, his emphasis was the cultural richness of Mexican life and of Mexican literature.

Ruiz’ Triumphs and Tragedies: A History of the Mexican People perhaps paid more attention to the tragedies than the triumphs, and seems to gloss over the massive changes in Mexico post-1968 but is particularly useful in looking at the “dusty figures of the past” and illuminating many of the events I was unable to touch upon in my own book .

Of course, AFTER reading Gods, Gachupines and Gringos: A People’s History of Mexico … and been lured into an addiction to Mexican history…   Triumphs and Tragedies is a necessary fix for your Mexican history jones.

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  1. Fatmex permalink
    12 July 2010 1:05 pm

    I dusted off my copy from a Spanish Lit. class back in the late 80’s at UCSD after I read your post. I, too, thought it spent too much time on the tragedies. Got to read your book now to compare and contrast. Are you now the Howard Zinn of Mexico? I don’t recall Sr. Ruiz as being on the faculty.
    BTW, I hope to stop by your shop since I’ll be in the neighborhood next month.

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