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"Catholic Borderlands: Mapping Catholicism onto American Empire, 1905-1935" by Anne M. Martinez. (University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2014). 293 pp., $70.
It is evident from the author's 29-page introduction why the publisher classified this book as history, American studies and religion. It could not have been written had Anne M. Martinez not drawn from and meticulously annexed those three disciplines in providing readers an education likely to be found, at minimum, in a college course.
In the opening pages of the introduction, readers receive a clear indication of just how academically involved this text is when Martinez defines the Catholic borderlands as a "trans-imperial, transhistorical space built on the Spanish Catholic past but enhanced by U.S. Catholic presence in the early 20th century."