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Seven myths of the Spanish conquest

Author: Matthew Restall
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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"Here is an intriguing exploration of the ways in which the history of the Spanish Conquest has been misread and passed down to become popular knowledge of its events. The book offers a fresh account of the activities of the best-known conquistadors and explorers, including Columbus, Cortes, and Pizarro. Using a wide array of sources, historian Matthew Restall highlights seven key myths, uncovering the source of the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Restall
ISBN: 0195176111 9780195176117 0195160770 9780195160772
OCLC Number: 226372496
Notes: Originally published: 2003.
Description: xix, 218 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. The lost words of Bernal Díaz --
1. A handful of adventurers : the myth of exceptional men --
2. Neither paid nor forced : the myth of the king's army --
3. Invisible warriors : the myth of the white conquistador --
4. Under the lordship of the king : the myth of completion --
5. The lost words of La Malinche : the myth of (mis)communication --
6. The Indians are coming to an end : the myth of native desolation --
7. Apes and men : the myth of superiority --
Epilogue. Cuauhtémoc's betrayal.
Responsibility: Matthew Restall.
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Here is an intriguing exploration of the ways in which the history of the Spanish Conquest has been misread and passed down to become popular knowledge of these events. The book offers a fresh  Read more...

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Written in an accessible style, the book targets the well-educated general reader. Chosen Best Book of the Year by the Economist in 2005... Hispanic American Historical Review

 
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