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Mumbai Fables: A History of an Enchanted City by Gyan Prakash (review)

Mumbai Fables: A History of an Enchanted City by Gyan Prakash (review) Spanish empire), and that of its practitioners. According to the author, the work of cosmographers was overtaken by less censored narrators, while mathematicians imposed an epistemological approach based on calculations, evident in cosmographer Andrés García de Céspedes's latter work. Deprived of words, Portuondo argues, by 1601 cosmography "became a backdrop on which to paint the heroic deeds of the Spanish in the New World" (p. 296), and would no longer be the secret science it once became. Though the turn of the century date seems inconsiderate of seventeenth-century primary sources, this monograph holds its merit in putting under the spotlight texts that, up until now, were just handy for other disciplines but never important, or even interesting, by their own account. The Spanish Habsburgs invested a great deal into building stable commercial routes that worked for more than three centuries, but Spanish cosmographers themselves, a short-lived, select elite, made endeavors possible for that long not by drawing better or knowing more, but by reshaping cosmographical methodology itself. María M. Portuondo's Secret Science: Spanish Cosmography and the New World succeeds in acknowledging their advancement and making sure we remember. elena del río parra Georgia State University Mumbai Fables: A http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Mumbai Fables: A History of an Enchanted City by Gyan Prakash (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 23 (4) – May 24, 2012

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Spanish empire), and that of its practitioners. According to the author, the work of cosmographers was overtaken by less censored narrators, while mathematicians imposed an epistemological approach based on calculations, evident in cosmographer Andrés García de Céspedes's latter work. Deprived of words, Portuondo argues, by 1601 cosmography "became a backdrop on which to paint the heroic deeds of the Spanish in the New World" (p. 296), and would no longer be the secret science it once became. Though the turn of the century date seems inconsiderate of seventeenth-century primary sources, this monograph holds its merit in putting under the spotlight texts that, up until now, were just handy for other disciplines but never important, or even interesting, by their own account. The Spanish Habsburgs invested a great deal into building stable commercial routes that worked for more than three centuries, but Spanish cosmographers themselves, a short-lived, select elite, made endeavors possible for that long not by drawing better or knowing more, but by reshaping cosmographical methodology itself. María M. Portuondo's Secret Science: Spanish Cosmography and the New World succeeds in acknowledging their advancement and making sure we remember. elena del río parra Georgia State University Mumbai Fables: A

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 24, 2012

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