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Ambivalent conquests : Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570 /
Inga Clendinnen.
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
xiii, 245 p. : ill., map. --
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Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
general note
Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 228-237.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Inga Clendinnen is Emeritus Scholar in History at La Trobe University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1987-12:
Clendinnen's elegantly written work describes the devastating effects of Spanish conquest and settlement on the politically fragmented Maya of the Yucatan until 1570. Its centerpiece is the religious conquest spearheaded by the Franciscans and dominated by the zealous Fr. Diego de Landa. A careful evaluation of printed primary and secondary sources and a keen appreciation of Landa's personality lead Clendinnen to discount, but not eliminate, the Franciscan's charges of Maya idolatry and human sacrifice. Her account of the 1562 investigation into Maya religious practices and the political conflicts that accompanied it makes fascinating reading. The brutal and illegal torture and trial of natives and the destruction of their idols convinced the Maya that Spanish settlement and the triumph of the Christian god ``Lord Dios'' were not ephemeral. The Maya never accepted, however, Spanish claims that they were the sole guardians and interpreters of the imposed religion. College and university libraries should purchase this valuable complement to Nancy M. Farriss's prize-winning Maya Society Under Colonial Rule (CH, Nov '84).-M.A. Burkholder, University of Missouri-St. Louis
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This 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. Dr Clendinnen explores the intensifying conflict between competing and increasingly divergent Spanish visions of Yucatan and its destructive outcomes. She seeks to penetrate the ways of thinking and feeling of the Mayan Indians in a detailed reconstruction of their assessment of the intruders.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. xii
Preface to the second editionp. xiii
Preface to the first editionp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Spaniardsp. 1
Explorersp. 3
Conquerorsp. 20
Settlersp. 38
Missionariesp. 45
Conflictp. 57
Crisisp. 72
Attritionp. 93
Retrospectionsp. 112
Epilogue: The hall of mirrorsp. 127
Indiansp. 129
Finding outp. 131
Connectionsp. 139
Continuitiesp. 154
Assentp. 161
Epilogue: Confusion of tonguesp. 190
A sampler of documentsp. 195
Diego de Landa's indictment of the Sotuta Indiansp. 195
The confessionsp. 197
Glossary of Spanish and Maya termsp. 210
Notesp. 212
Select bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 240
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