ISBN-10:
080705500X
ISBN-13:
9780807055007
Pub. Date:
04/15/2007
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico / Edition 2

Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico / Edition 2

by Miguel Leon-PortillaMiguel Leon-Portilla
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Overview

For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. León-Portilla's new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807055007
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 84,971
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Miguel León-Portilla, renowned historian and anthropologist, is best known for his work regarding Nahuatl history. His works include The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of MexicoNative Meso-American Spirituality; and In the Language of Kings: An Anthology of Mesoamerican Literature—Pre-Columbian to the Present. León-Portilla studied at Loyola University and National Autonomous University.

Customer Reviews

Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Educate people about who is who and why we are living in corrupt world 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very impressed with the detail of this book. The evets are very graphic and pulls you into the events that occur.
Mrs.Stansbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the Aztec account of the colonization of Colonial Mexico. The book is a translation of Nahuatl writings. See- the Spanish provided an alphabet which the Aztecs did not have prior to Spanish arrival and then the Aztecs applied the alphabet to their native Nahuatl language and began writing. The only concern a reader should have is accuracy- the documents of the account were written 10 years and more after the fact. A tip when reading: start with Chapter 14 which summarizes all the events, then read Chapters 1 - 13 which elaborate on events in detail, and finally conclude with chapters 15 - 16. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying Colonial Mexico History or persons who want to know more about Aztecs and their culture.
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