9781607321859

Histories of Infamy

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  • ISBN13:

    9781607321859

  • ISBN10:

    1607321858

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-15
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Colorado

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Summary

Cristián Roa-de-la-Carrera explores Francisco López de Gómara's (1511-ca.1559) attempt to ethically reconcile Spain's civilizing mission with the conquistadors' abuse and exploitation of Native peoples. The most widely read account of the conquest in its time, Gómara's Historia general de las Indias y Conquista de México rationalized the conquistadors' crimes as unavoidable evils in the task of bringing "civilisation" to the New World. Through an elaborate defence of Spanish imperialism, Gómara aimed to convince his readers of the merits of the conquest, regardless of the devastation it had wrought upon Spain's new subjects. Despite his efforts, Gómara's apologist text quickly fell into disrepute and became ammunition for Spain's critics. Evaluating the effectiveness of ideologies of colonization, Roa-de-la-Carrera's analysis will appeal to scholars in colonial studies and readers interested in the history of the Americas.

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?Cristi?n Roa-de-la-Carrera?s book makes an important contribution to the study of colonial Latin American literature by helping to fill [a gap, integrating close study of G--mara?s work into current debates about the tradition of renaissance historical writing about the Americas....Roa-de-la-Carrera fleshes out a broader argument about Spanish imperialism in the sixteenth century and the ethical debates that proved to be of paramount importance to intellectuals and writers both in the peninsula and the New World.??The Americas

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