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R. C. Padden
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The Hummingbird And The Hawk: Conquest And Sovereignty In The Valley Of Mexico, 1503 1541

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Published March 1st 1988 by HarperCollins Publishers
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An interesting account focussing on the continuities between the Mexica and the Spanish empires in the Valley of Mexico. The thesis of the book, which seems very likely, is that the neo-feudal arrangement of New Spain was very much a re-badging of the Aztec one, with existing arrangements for exploiting the peasants being awkwardly shoehorned into a Christian framework to get the local authorities on side.

Another very strong theme is the age-old story of how evil contains within it the seeds of...more
Dani Miller
Wasnt very interesting to me, it seemed hard to stay focused with reading because the language and over all feel of the book was just bland. Also I learned about the Quetzocoatl myth in class and the fact that it was a myth. This book seems to perpetuate the myth that the indigenous people's embraced conquistadors in fear and worship of them. This is not proven to be true. It has been debated that the indigenous showed the conquistadors tolerance because they hoped it would encourage them to lea...more
One of the best books I have ever read. Total page turner! I sat up and read it all night and could not put it down.
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