Yucatec Maya Women and the Spanish Conquest: Role and Ritual in Historical Reconstruction

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Yucatec Maya Women and the Spanish Conquest: Role and Ritual in Historical Reconstruction

Inga Clendinnen

Journal of Social History
Vol. 15, No. 3, Special Issue on the History of Love (Spring, 1982), pp. 427-442
Published by: Oxford University Press
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3787156

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Ambivalent Conquests:

Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570

Inga Clendinnen

13 Reviews

Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 2003 - History - 245 pages

In what is both a specific study of conversion in a corner of the Spanish Empire and a work with implications for the understanding of European domination and native resistance throughout the colonial world, Inga Clendinnen explores the intensifying conflict between competing and increasingly divergent Spanish visions of Yucatan and its destructive outcomes. In Ambivalent Conquests Clendinnen

Yucatan Before and After the Conquest

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Diego De Landa

4 Reviews

Courier Dover Publications, 1937 - History - 162 pages

"These people also used certain characters or letters, with which they wrote in their books about the antiquities and their sciences...We found a great number of books in these letters, and since they contained nothing but superstitions and falsehoods of the devil we burned them all, which they took most grievously, and which gave them great pain."More »

Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest by Matthew Restall

Publishers Weekly

According to historical consensus, the Spanish conquest of the New World was a cataclysm in which superior European technology and organization overwhelmed Native American civilizations. In this daring revisionist critique, Penn State historian Restall describes a far more complex process in which Indians were central participants on both sides of the struggle. Far from regarding the Spaniards as gods, Restall argues, Indians offered a variety of shrewd, pragmatic responses to the invaders while advancing their own political agendas. Indeed, given that the conquistadors were vastly outnumbered by their Indian allies, the Conquest was in many respects a civil war between natives. Nor did Indian societies fall apart at one blow: independent Mayan polities, for example, persisted into the 19th century. Even under Spanish rule, Indians continued to live in self-governing communities, where they maintained their own languages, cultures and leaders who had considerable clout with the colonial administration. Drawing on Spanish, Native American and West African accounts of the Conquest, academic studies and even Hollywood movies, Restall examines the paradigm of European triumph and Indian "desolation" as it evolved from the conquistador's self-serving narratives to contemporary interpretations by such writers as Jared Diamond and Kirkpatrick Sale. Rejecting the implicit juxtaposition of "subhuman" Indians with "superhuman" Europeans, Restall asserts instead that, through war and epidemic, native societies retained much of their autonomy and cohesion, and "turn[ed] calamity into opportunity." Restall's provocative analysis, wide-ranging scholarship and lucid prose make this a stimulating contribution to the debate on one of history's great watersheds. Photos. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Surviving Conquest: The Maya of Guatemala in Historical Perspective

W. George Lovell

Latin American Research Review
Vol. 23, No. 2 (1988), pp. 25-57
Published by: The Latin American Studies Association
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2503234

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