Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-04-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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"Inga Clendinnen has written a remarkable book about the encounters of Spaniards and Maya peoples of the Yucatan Peninsula during the sixteenth century. Like the self-conscious categories used by the actors, separate halves of the book are devoted to the Spaniards and the Mayas, but at nearly every point Clendinnen connects the two histories and shows their interrelationships. People on both sides were changed, even transformed (when they were not destroyed) but she shows that in fun-damental perceptions and boundaries, they remained true to their past. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Inga Clendinnen is Emeritus Scholar in History at La Trobe University

Table of Contents

Part I. Spaniards: 1. Explorers
2. Conquerors
3. Settlers
4. Missionaries
5. Conflict
6. Crisis
7. Attrition
8. Retrospections
Epilogue: The hall of mirrors
Part II. Indians: 9. Finding out
10. Connections
11. Continuities
12. Assent
Epilogue: Confusion of tongues.

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