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Victors and Vanquished: Spanish and Nahua Views of the Conquest of Mexico (Bedford Cultural Editions Series)

 
 
 
 
Victors and Vanquished: Spanish and Nahua Views of the Conquest of Mexico (Bedford Cultural Editions Series)
Author: Stuart B. Schwartz
ISBN 13: 9780312393557
ISBN 10: 312393555
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication Date: 2000-11-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 271
List Price: N/A
 
 

In 1519 Hernán Cortés and a small band of Spanish conquistadors overthrew the mighty Mexican empire of the Aztecs. Using excerpts primarily drawn from Bernal Diaz's 1632 account of the Spanish victory and testimonies — many recently uncovered — of indigenous Nahua survivors, Victors and Vanquished clearly demonstrates how personal interests, class and ethnic biases, and political considerations influenced the interpretation of momentous events. A substantial introduction is followed by 9 chronological sections that illuminate the major events and personalities in this powerful historical episode and reveal the changing attitudes toward European expansionism. The volume includes a broad array of visual images and maps, a glossary of Spanish and Nahua terms, biographical notes, a chronology, a selected bibliography, questions for consideration, and an index.

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Using excerpts primarily drawn from Bernal Diaz's 1632 account of the 1519 Spanish overthrow of the Aztec empire, plus recently uncovered testimonies of indigenous survivors, essays demonstrate how personal interests, class and ethnic biases, and political considerations influenced the interpretation of events. A substantial introduction is followed by eight chronological sections that illuminate major events and personalities. Includes a glossary, chronology, and discussion questions. The editor teaches history at Yale University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)