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Restall, Matthew 1964-

Works: 39 works in 181 publications in 3 languages and 12,326 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Military history  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: F1230, 236.9
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Seven myths of the Spanish conquest by Matthew Restall( Book )
34 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 1,178 libraries worldwide
"Here is an 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 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 inaccuracies and exploding the fallacies and misconceptions behind each myth. This book shows, for instance, that native Americans did not take the conquistadors for gods and that small numbers of vastly outnumbered Spaniards did not bring down great empires with stunning rapidity. We discover that Columbus was correctly seen in his lifetime - and for decades after - as a briefly fortunate but unexceptional participant in efforts involving many southern Europeans. It was only much later that Columbus was portrayed as a great man who fought against the ignorance of his age to discover the new world. Restall also shows that the Spanish Conquest relied heavily on black and native allies, who provided many thousands of fighters, vastly outnumbering the conquistadors. In fact, the native perception of the Conquest differed sharply from the Spanish version - they saw it as a native civil war in which the Spaniards played an important but secondary role." "The Conquest, Restall shows, was more complex - and more fascinating - than conventional histories have portrayed it. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest offers a richer and more nuanced account of a key event in the history of the Americas."--Jacket
2012 and the end of the world : the Western roots of the Maya apocalypse by Matthew Restall( Book )
11 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,126 libraries worldwide
Did the Maya really predict that the world would end in December of 2012? If not, how and why has 2012 millenarianism gained such popular appeal? In this deeply knowledgeable book, two leading historians of the Maya answer these questions in a succinct, readable, and accessible style. Matthew Restall and Amara Solari introduce, explain, and ultimately demystify the 2012 phenomenon
Maya conquistador by Matthew Restall( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 750 libraries worldwide
But one story has not been told - and it is one that reshapes our entire vision of the conquest. It is the Maya story of the Spanish creation of a colony in the ancient Maya homeland of Yucatan. Maya Conquistador tells this tale through a collection of unique first-hand accounts - most of them previously untranslated from the original Maya texts - written from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. In it are surprising twists: The conquistadors were not only Spaniards, but also Mayas, reconstituting their own sophisticated governance and society; and the conquest was not one catastrophic event, but the story of the survival of a vital and complex civilization evolving over centuries of contact with the Spanish and other peoples
The Maya world : Yucatec culture and society, 1550-1850 by Matthew Restall( Book )
14 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 609 libraries worldwide
"Sophisticated study resting on a foundation of the analysis of postcontact indigenous language documentation ranging from notarial records to primordial titles. Author is interested in charting the persistence and evolution after the Spanish invasion of the Maya cahob, or self-governing communities, as well as the chibal, or extended family lineage. He does so with skill and aplomb, producing a major work of ethnohistorical analysis"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58
Black Mexico : race and society from colonial to modern times ( Book )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 534 libraries worldwide
The essays in this collection build upon a series of conversations and papers that resulted from "New Directions in North American Scholarship on Afro-Mexico," a symposium conducted at Pennsylvania State University in 2004. The issues addressed include contested historiography, social and economic contributions of Afro-Mexicans, social construction of race and ethnic identity, forms of agency and resistance, and contemporary inquiry into ethnographic work on Afro-Mexican communities. Comprised of a core set of chapters that examine the colonial period and a shorter epilogue addressing the modern era, this volume allows the reader to explore ideas of racial representation from the sixteenth century into the twenty-first
Mesoamerican voices : native-language writings from Colonial Mexico, Oaxaca, Yucatan, and Guatemala ( Book )
10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 513 libraries worldwide
Translated into English, these texts were written from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries by Nahuas from central Mexico, Mixtecs from Oaxaca, Maya from Yucatan, and other groups from Mexico and Guatemala. This collection provides college teachers and students access to important new sources for the history of Latin America and Native Americans. It is the first to present the translated writings of so many native groups and to address such a variety of topics, including conquest, government, land, household, society, gender, religion, writing, law, crime, and morality
Invading Guatemala : Spanish, Nahua, and Maya accounts of the conquest wars by Matthew Restall( Book )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 477 libraries worldwide
"After invading highland Guatemala in 1524, Spaniards claimed to have smashed the Kaqchikel and K'iche' Maya kingdoms and to have forged a new colony with their leader, Pedro de Alvarado, as Guatemala's conquistador, This volume shows that the real story of the Spanish invasion was very different. Designed to be both an accessible introduction to the topic as well as a significant contribution to conquest scholarship, the volume presents for the first time English translations of firsthand accounts by Spaniards, Nahuas, and Mayas." "Alvarado's letters to Cortes, published herein English for the first time in almost a century, are supplemented with accounts by one of his cousins, by his brother Jorge, and by Bernal Diaz and Bartolome de Las Casas. Nahua perspectives are presented in the form of pictorial evidence, along with written testimony by Tlaxcalan and Aztec veterans who fought as invading allies of the Spaniards; their claim to have done most of the fighting emerges as a powerful argument. The views of the invaded are represented by Kaqchikel and Tz'utujil accounts. Together, these sources reveal a multiplicity of perspectives and show how the conquest wars of the 1520s were a profoundly brutal moment in the history of the Americas."--Jacket
Beyond black and red : African-native relations in colonial Latin America ( Book )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 461 libraries worldwide
The conquistadors : a very short introduction by Matthew Restall( Book )
13 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 404 libraries worldwide
With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed the course of history, but the myth they established was even stranger than their real achievements. This Very Short Introduction deploys the latest scholarship to shatter and replace the traditional narrative. Chapters explore New World civilizations prior to the invasions, the genesis of conquistador culture on both sides of the Atlantic, the roles black Africans and Native Americans played, and the consequences of the invasions. The book reveals who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible
The Black middle : Africans, Mayas, and Spaniards in colonial Yucatan by Matthew Restall( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 290 libraries worldwide
Based on Spanish and Maya language documents from the 16th through 19th centuries, examines the lives of black African slaves and others of African descent, exploring topics such as slavery and freedom, militia service, family life, witchcraft, and other ways in which Afro-Yucantecans interacted with Mayas and Spaniards
Dead giveaways : indigenous testaments of colonial Mesoamerica and the Andes by Susan Kellogg( Book )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 282 libraries worldwide
Latin America in colonial times by Matthew Restall( Book )
12 editions published in 2011 in 3 languages and held by 208 libraries worldwide
"Presents the story of how Latin American civilization emerged from the encounter of three great civilizations in the sixteenth century"--
Life and death in a Maya community : the Ixil testaments of the 1760s by Matthew Restall( Book )
6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
The riddle of Latin America by Kris E Lane( Book )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 122 libraries worldwide
Maya survivalism ( Book )
5 editions published in 2001 in English and Multiple languages and held by 69 libraries worldwide
Conquistas de buenas palabras y de guerra : una visión indígena de la Conquista by Michel R Oudijk( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in Spanish and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Los conquistadores : una breve introducción by Matthew Restall( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in Spanish and held by 15 libraries worldwide
The world of the Cah : postconquest Yucatec Maya society by Matthew Restall( Archival Material )
3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 9 libraries worldwide
La conquista indígena de Mesoamérica : el caso de Don Gonzalo Mazatzin Moctezuma by Michel R Oudijk( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 9 libraries worldwide
16th-century New Spain by Matthew Restall( file )
in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Matthew Restall American Mayanist
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