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

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 2003 - History - 245 pages
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In what 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, Inga Clendinnen explores the intensifying conflict between competing and increasingly divergent Spanish visions of Yucatan and its destructive outcomes. In Ambivalent Conquests Clendinnen penetrates the thinking and feeling of the Mayan Indians in a detailed reconstruction of their assessment of the intruders. This new edition contains a preface by the author where she reflects upon the book's contribution in the past fifteen years. Inga Clendinnen is Emeritus scholar, LaTrobe University, Australia. Her books include the acclaimed Reading the Holocaust (Cambridge, 1999), named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, and Aztec: An Interpretation (Cambridge, 1995), and Tiger's Eye: A Memoir (Scribner, 2001).
  

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Review: Ambivalent Conquests: Maya & Spaniard in Yucatan 1517-70

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

A careful accounting of the beginning of Spanish conquest of the Yucatan with meticulous research from both the Spanish and Mayan perspective. Read full review

Review: Ambivalent Conquests: Maya & Spaniard in Yucatan 1517-70

User Review  - Christian Layow - Goodreads

A very well written scholarly book that focuses mostly on the 'ambiguous' conversion of the Maya to Catholicism in the 16th century by the Franciscan friars. There is particular emphasis on Diego de ... Read full review

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Contents

Explorers
1
Conquerors
18
Settlers
36
Missionaries
43
Conflict
55
Crisis
70
Attrition
91
Retrospections
110
Connections
137
Continuities
152
Assent
159
Confusion of tongues
188
A sampler of documents
193
The confessions
195
Glossary of Spanish and Maya terms
208
Notes
210

The hall of mirrors
125
Indians
127
Finding out
129
Select bibliography
228
Index
238
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Inga Clendinnen is Emeritus Scholar in History at La Trobe University. She is also the author of Aztecs (Cambridge, 1991), Reading the Holocaust (Cambridge, 1999), and Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in the Yucatan, 1517-1570 (2nd edition 2003, Cambridge).

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