Invasion and Transformation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico

Invasion and Transformation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico

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Invasion and Transformation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico by Rebecca P. Brienen


Invasion and Transformation examines the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire and transformations in political, social, cultural, and religious life in Mexico during the Conquest and the ensuing colonial period. In particular, contributors consider the ways in which the Conquest itself was remembered, both in its immediate aftermath and in later centuries.

Was Moteuczoma really as weak as history portrayed him? As Susan D. Gillespie instead suggests in "Blaming Moteuczoma," the representation of Moteuczoma as a scapegoat for the Aztec defeat can be understood as a product of indigenous resistance and accommodation following the imposition of Spanish colonialism. Chapters address the various roles (real and imagined) of Moteuczoma, Cortés, and Malinche in the fall of the Aztecs; the representation of history in colonial art; and the complex cultural transformations that actually took place.

Including full-color reproductions of seventeenth-century paintings of the Conquest, Invasion and Transformation will appeal to scholars and students of Latin American history and anthropology, art history, colonial literature, and transatlantic studies. Contributors include Rebecca P. Brienen, Louise M. Burkhart, Ximena Chávez Balderas, Constance Cortez, Viviana Diáz Balsera, Martha Few, Susan D. Gillespie, Margaret A. Jackson, Diana Magaloni Kerpel, Matthew Restall, Michael Schreffler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870818868
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Series: Mesoamerican Worlds: from the Olmecs to the Danzantes Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Rebecca P. Brienen and Margaret A. Jackson are assistant professors of art history at the University of Miami.

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