The Conquest of America

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Harper Collins, Nov 26, 1996 - History - 288 pages
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A fascinating study of cultural confrontation in the New World, with implications far beyond sixteenth-century America, The Conquest of America has become a classic in its field. It offers an original interpretation of the discovery of America by Columbus and of the subsequent conquest, colonization, and destruction of Mexico and the Caribbean by the Spaniards at the beginning of the modern era.

Using sixteenth-century sources, the distinguished French writer and critic Tzvetan Todorov examines the beliefs and behavior of both the Spanish conquistadors and the Aztecs, adversaries in a clash of cultures that resulted in the neat extermination of Mesoamerica's Indian population.

Absorbing, intelligent, and responsible in its call for a much-needed dialogue between different cultures, The Conquest of America evokes a drama that set the pattern for much of the history of Western colonialism.

  

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User Review  - dorin.budusan - LibraryThing

I had to read this for a seminar on multiculturalism. It advances a very provocative theory about the Spanish colonials' contact with natives after the discovery of America, and the destruction of their native cultures. Read full review

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

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

Contents

The Discovery of America
3
Columbus as Interpreter
14
Columbus and the Indians
34
The Reasons for the Victory
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
Duran or the Hybridization of Cultures
202
Sahagun and His Work
219
Bibliographic Note
255
Index
265
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About the author (1996)

Born in Sofia, Tzvetan Todorov left Bulgaria in the early 1960s and moved to Paris, where he established himself as a literary theorist, historian of ideas, and world-renowned essayist. He is a director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the author of numerous books. Several of these have been translated into English, including: Facing the Extreme (1996), A French Tragedy (1996), On Human Diversity (1993), and The Conquest of America (1984).

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