Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

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by Matthew Restall
     
 

The notion of some final and complete "Conquest" itself becomes one of the seven examples of the misconceptions and convenient fictions examined by Restall (Latin American studies, Pennsylvania State U.) in this exploration of the Spanish invasion of the Americas. Noting that the enduring historical myths about the Conquest are rooted in cultural conceptions,… See more details below

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The notion of some final and complete "Conquest" itself becomes one of the seven examples of the misconceptions and convenient fictions examined by Restall (Latin American studies, Pennsylvania State U.) in this exploration of the Spanish invasion of the Americas. Noting that the enduring historical myths about the Conquest are rooted in cultural conceptions, misconceptions, and political agendas of the Spanish, he uses Spanish, Native American, and West African sources to contest the ideas that the Spaniards exhibited some special exceptionalism and genius, that they were agents of the King of Spain, that colonialism was rapidly imposed, that the Spaniards acted largely alone, and that the Native Americans displayed little to no adaptability and ongoing vitality in the face of the Conquest. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195160772
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1610L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Lost Words of Bernal Diaz
1A Handful of Adventurers: The Myth of Exceptional Men1
2Neither Paid Nor Forced: The Myth of the King's Army27
3Invisible Warriors: The Myth of the White Conquistador44
4Under the Lordship of the King: The Myth of Completion64
5The Lost Words of La Malinche: The Myth of (Mis)Communication77
6The Indians Are Coming to an End: The Myth of Native Desolation100
7Apes and Men: The Myth of Superiority131
Epilogue: Cuauhtemoc's Betrayal147
Permissions159
Notes161
References193
Index209

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