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The History of the Conquest of New Spain (review)

The History of the Conquest of New Spain (review) Book Reviews Iberian historiography to uncover surprising, deeply rooted, and shared societal attitudes of the early modern world. karin vélez Northeastern University The History of the Conquest of New Spain. By bernal díaz del castillo. Edited by davíd carrasco. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008. 504 pp. $27.95 (paper). Born into a family of local prominence in Old Castile, Bernal Díaz del Castillo rose in rank from foot soldier to captain and, toward the end of his life, transcribed his memories of multiple expeditions to Mesoamerica and of his participation in the legendary offensive that brought down the Aztec empire. Although circulated among an elite few in the sixteenth century, Bernal Díaz's epic history was not published until 1632, and his original manuscript in Guatemala came to light only in 1904. The English-speaking world did not have access to an accurate version until pioneering archaeologist Alfred Maudslay published a five-volume English translation between 1908 and 1916, followed by a concise edition in 1927. Drawn from Maudslay's original work, this new abridgment, edited by Davíd Carrasco, professor of anthropology and religion at Harvard University, gives students and teachers alike a balanced interpretation of Bernal Díaz's influential text La http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

The History of the Conquest of New Spain (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 21 (4) – Feb 3, 2010

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Book Reviews Iberian historiography to uncover surprising, deeply rooted, and shared societal attitudes of the early modern world. karin vélez Northeastern University The History of the Conquest of New Spain. By bernal díaz del castillo. Edited by davíd carrasco. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008. 504 pp. $27.95 (paper). Born into a family of local prominence in Old Castile, Bernal Díaz del Castillo rose in rank from foot soldier to captain and, toward the end of his life, transcribed his memories of multiple expeditions to Mesoamerica and of his participation in the legendary offensive that brought down the Aztec empire. Although circulated among an elite few in the sixteenth century, Bernal Díaz's epic history was not published until 1632, and his original manuscript in Guatemala came to light only in 1904. The English-speaking world did not have access to an accurate version until pioneering archaeologist Alfred Maudslay published a five-volume English translation between 1908 and 1916, followed by a concise edition in 1927. Drawn from Maudslay's original work, this new abridgment, edited by Davíd Carrasco, professor of anthropology and religion at Harvard University, gives students and teachers alike a balanced interpretation of Bernal Díaz's influential text La

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Published: Feb 3, 2010

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