H-War: On Mexico's 1968 Olympics

By Jesus Perez

Castañeda Spectacular MexicoLuis M. Castañeda analyzes Mexico’s 1968 Olympics through a set of lenses others have only started to look at. Spectacular Mexico: Design, Propaganda, and the 1968 Olympics describes the events surrounding Mexico’s hosting of the Olympics as “the most ambitious sequence of official design projects designed to support the claim that, in the aftermath of its revolutionary wars, a socially unified and prosperous Mexico had effectively arrived to ‘the developed’ world” (p. xv). Historians of Mexico have made similar claims; Castañeda’s contribution to this historiography is the manner in which he supports this claim.

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