9780195392296

The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195392296

  • ISBN10:

    0195392299

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed the course of history, but the myth theyestablished was even stranger than their real achievements. This Very Short Introduction deploys the latest scholarship to shatter and replace the traditional narrative. Chapters explore New World civilizations prior to the invasions, the genesis of conquistador culture on both sides of theAtlantic, the roles black Africans and Native Americans played and the consequences of the invasions. The book reveals who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.

Author Biography


Matthew Restall is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Latin American History and Director of Latin American Studies, Pennsylvania State University. Felipe Fernández-Armesto is William P. Reynolds Professor of History, University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A great many hardshipsp. 1
Many victories, great conquestsp. 24
To give account of who I amp. 42
By a miracle of Godp. 70
A shortcut to the gravep. 96
Further readingp. 111
Indexp. 117
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