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Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570 - Cambridge Latin American Studies (Hardback)
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Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570 - Cambridge Latin American Studies (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 19/05/2003
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521820318
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Ambivalent Conquests sets a high standard of elegance in style and argument.' Nancy Farriss, Hispanic American Historical Review
'This is a splendid book by a gifted historian.' Steve J. Stern, The American Historical Review
'This is an intricate story, by turns exhilarating and depressing, of cultural interaction among parties whose motives were consciously and unconsciously at variance. . . . Clendinnen's reconstruction is a model of historical intelligence and anthropological empathy couched in superbly crafted prose." Frederick P. Bowser, Latin American Research Review
'[Clendinnen's] analysis of the symbolic forms of everyday life sheds new light on the relationship between the 'social' and the 'sacred'.' Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
'A worthwhile contribution.' Matthew Restall, UCLA Historical Journal
"Clendinnen's elegantly written work describes the devastating effects of Spanish conquest and settlement on the politically fragmented Maya of the Yucatan until 1570.... Her account of the 1562 investigation into Maya religious practices and the political conflicts that accompanied it makes fascinating reading." Choice
"This is a splendid book by a gifted historian. With great subtlety and imagination, Inga Clendinnen draws us into the swirls of missteps, ambitions, deceptions, and fantasies that constituted the conquest drama in Yucatan....Clendinnen has written a remarkably powerful and compelling book....This study ranks among the very best scholarship on the region and will dazzle any serious student of native American peoples, Christian missionaries, and colonial situations." American Historical Review

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