The second edition of this accessible study of Mexico includes two new features: an examination of cultural developments since Independence from Spain in 1821 and a discussion of contemporary issues up to the time of publication. Several new plates with captions expand the thematic coverage in the book. The updated edition examines the administration of Vicente Fox, who came to power with the elections of 2000. The new sections reinforce the importance of Mexico's long and disparate history, from the Precolumbian era onwards, in shaping the country as it is today. This Concise History looks at Mexico from political, economic and cultural perspectives, and tackles controversial themes such as the impact of the Spanish Conquest and the struggle to establish an independent Mexico. A broad range of readers interested in the modern-day Americas should find here a helpful introduction to this vibrant and dynamic North-American society.
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 26th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AI 2013, held in Dunedin, New Zealand, in December 2013. The 35 revised full papers and 19 revised short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 120 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections as agents; AI applications; cognitive modelling; computer vision; constraint satisfaction, search and optimisation; evolutionary computation; game playing; knowledge representation and reasoning; machine learning and data mining; natural language processing and information retrieval; planning and scheduling.