The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1984 - History - 274 pages
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A classic in its field, The Conquest of America is a study of cultural confrontation in the New World, with implications far beyond sixteenth-century America. The book offers an original interpretation of both Columbus's discovery of America and the Spaniards' subsequent conquest, colonization, and destruction of pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico and the Caribbean. Using sixteenth-century sources, the distinguished French writer and critic Tzvetan Todorov examines the beliefs and behavior of the Spanish conquistadors and of the Aztecs, adversaries in a clash of cultures that resulted in the near extermination of Mesoamerica's Indian population. A new foreword by Anthony Pagden discusses the implications of Todorov's landmark study.
  

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

I liked the authors take on columbus and his religious beliefs in what he was doing, but cortez was not so good, it seemed the authors purpose was to show the difference between the myth of these ... Read full review

Review: The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other

User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

This is hard reading, both literally and emotionally; yet it is an eye opener regarding the romantic notions of the early history of the Americas. Read full review

Contents

The Discovery of America
3
Columbus as Interpreter
14
Columbus and the Indians
34
The Reasons for the Victory 5 3
53
Montezuma and Signs
63
Cortes and Signs
98
Understanding Taking Possession and Destroying
127
Equality or Inequality
146
Enslavement Colonialism and Communication
168
Typology of Relations to the Other
185
Durdn or the Hybridization of Cultures
202
Sahagun and His Work
219
Bibliographic Note
255
Index
265
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Tzvetan Todorov is the author if more than a dozen books, including Theories of the Symbol , On Human Diversity, Facing the Extreme , and A French Tragedy .

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