Mexican author Enrique Krauze. Photo: Google

By KELIN DILLON

Famed Mexican author and historian Enrique Krauze has been awarded the III Spanish Orders History Prize, recognizing his commitment and work surrounding the Hispanic world.

Krauze, who has been on the receiving end of public attacks by current Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) due to the author’s longtime criticism of presidential power, was proposed for the prize by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the oldest high education institute in Latin America, from which he received his bachelor’s degree in 1969.

The esteemed author has written more than 20 books and produced over 500 programs and documentaries on the subject of Mexican history, written for the New York Times and served as a professor at Princeton and Oxford.

“His work encompasses all of Mexican history as a nation, from a broad perspective that embraces both its actors and institutions,” said the prize’s jury.

“It offers an independent vision of Mexican history, where indigenous elements are combined with the Christian culture received from Europe.”

Krauze has also received recognition for his work in the form of awards like the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise, the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Isabel la Católica, and the National Prize for the History of Mexico.

The award comes with a $71,000 endowment to further Krauze’s research on the subject of Mexican history.

…April 9, 2021

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