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Mexico and the Spanish Conquest (Modern Wars In Perspective)

Mexico and the Spanish Conquest (Modern Wars In Perspective)
Autor: Ross Hassig
Data publikacji: 1994-01
ISBN: 9780582068292
Wydawca: Longman
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 220
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This pioneering work examines the Conquest of Mexico from the first Spanish movement into the New World to the fall of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Most historians necessarily depend on first-hand Spanish accounts, which has led to a highly distorted -- and essentially implausible -- view of the Conquest as a near-miraculous victory for European cultural, spiritual and technological superiority. Professor Hassig reintroduces the Indians into their own history, showing that it was crucially their goals, organization and internal divisions that were responsible for the Aztec defeat.
Vivid and engrossing, this book (launching a major new series) will prove as rewarding to general readers as to specialists.

Fascinating and informative. The story of Cortez read like the script of an action film. This book completely changed what I thought I knew about the conquest, showing Cortez to be a desperate rogue whose main success was in clumsily manipulating native politics.

Most historians of the Spanish conquest of Mexico (1518) are necessarily dependent on the first-hand accounts of the Spanish conquistadores themselves. This has created a highly distorted and implausible view of the Conquest as a near-miraculous victory for a handful of Europeans, and for European cultural, spiritual and technological superiority, over a huge empire with hundreds of thousands of soldiers at its command. The truth is more complex. Professor Hassig reintroduces the Indians into their own history, retelling the story from the point of view of the invaded rather than the invaders. He shows that it was crucially the internal disunity of the Indians - their fragmented political and military organization and divided aims - that created the conditions for Aztec defeat. Ross Hassig covers the conquest of Mexico from the first Spanish expeditions into the New World to the fall of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. It gives the background to the complex story of Mexico before the arrival of the Spaniards, and analyses the distinctive nature of Aztec political organization and warfare.



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