The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other

The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other

by Tzvetan Todorov
     
 

The Conquest of America is a fascinating study of cultural confrontation in the New World, with implications far beyond sixteenth-century America. The book offers an original interpretation of the Spaniards’ conquest, colonization, and destruction of pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico and the Caribbean. Using sixteenth-century sources, the distinguished

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The Conquest of America is a fascinating study of cultural confrontation in the New World, with implications far beyond sixteenth-century America. The book offers an original interpretation of the Spaniards’ conquest, colonization, and destruction of pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico and the Caribbean. Using sixteenth-century sources, the distinguished French writer and critic Tzvetan Todorov examines the beliefs and behavior of the Spanish conquistadors and of the Aztecs, adversaries in a clash of cultures that resulted in the near extermination of Mesoamerica’s Indian population.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806131375
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
384,596
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Discovery1
The Discovery of America3
Columbus as Interpreter14
Columbus and the Indians34
2Conquest51
The Reasons for the Victory53
Montezuma and Signs63
Cortes and Signs98
3Love125
Understanding, Taking Possession, and Destroying127
Equality or Inequality146
Enslavement, Colonialism, and Communication168
4Knowledge183
Typology of Relations to the Other185
Duran, or the Hybridization of Cultures202
Sahagun and His Work219
Epilogue243
Las Casas's Prophecy245
Bibliographic Note255
References259
Index265

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