Cambridge Latin American Studies

 
 
Cambridge University Press
  • erschienen am 1. März 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 367 Seiten
978-1-107-56961-4 (ISBN)
 
Modern Mexico derives many symbols of identity and heritage from its Aztec legacy. This book demonstrates that such emotional links to the native past originated in part among colonial-era indigenous leaders who adapted ancestral memories following the Spanish conquest, eventually enabling American-born Spaniards to likewise identify with this ancient legacy.
  • Englisch
  • New York
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
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  • Höhe: 155 mm
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  • Breite: 228 mm
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  • Dicke: 26 mm
  • 564 gr
978-1-107-56961-4 (9781107569614)
1107569613 (1107569613)
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Peter B. Villella is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
1. Introduction; 2. The natural lords: asserting continuity, 1531-66; 3. Cacique informants and early Spanish texts, 1535-80; 4. Cacique-chroniclers and the origins of Creole historiography, 1580-1640; 5. Cacique-hidalgos: envisioning ancient roots in the mature colony; 6. Cacique-patrons: Mexicanizing the Church; 7. Cacique-letrados: an Indian gentry after 1697; 8. Cacique-ambassadors and the 'Indian nation' in Bourbon Mexico; 9. Conclusion.
'Professor Villella has proven that there is no key juncture in the development of Mexico's imaginary past in which indigenous figures were not involved. After reading Villella's book, one can in no way argue that Indians themselves were not integrally involved in the production and evolution of the nation's self-understanding. It is a masterful work.' Camilla Townsend, Rutgers University, New Jersey 'Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico, 1500-1800 is a masterful, revisionist study of native leaders in New Spain who capitalized on their ancestral heritage to create and secure prestigious positions for themselves and their families. Covering the longue duree of the colonial era, Peter B. Villella's exemplary research, most remarkably, reveals that the native peoples' glorious primordial story of Aztec achievement also served their counterparts, the creole Spaniards, who appropriated the same indigenous sources and monuments as patria to exemplify Mexico as grand and equivalent to any place in the world. Erudite and eloquently written, the book is a landmark contribution to our field.' Susan Schroeder, France Vinton Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History Emerita, Tulane University 'This beautifully written book is a magnificent contribution to Latin American intellectual history. Villella uses a rich variety of legal records, unpublished manuscripts, and printed books to examine the historical consciousness and vision of indigenous nobles in New Spain who strategically adapted their own Mesoamerican concepts of hereditary authority and rank to Spanish notions of nobility in order to maintain and advance their status in the colonial order. Villella shows how indigenous and mestizo writers and actors participated in the construction of a local, proto-nationalist, patriotic discourse that has been attributed primarily, if not exclusively, to Spanish Creoles.' Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los Angeles 'In his engaging and comprehensive Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico, 1500-1800, Professor Peter B. Villella takes the reader beyond this well-established narrative to examine the conditions and strategies that allowed generations of indigenous noble families from diverse ethnic groups to preserve some recognizable guise of their original status under increasingly adverse circumstances. The author painstakingly shows how the Indian nobility developed and exploited its ties to sectors of a creole elite that was still finding its footing in colonial society.' Osvaldo Pardo, Hispanic American Historical Review "Professor Villella has proven that there is no key juncture in the development of Mexico's imaginary past in which indigenous figures were not involved. After reading Villella's book, one can in no way argue that Indians themselves were not integrally involved in the production and evolution of the nation's self-understanding. It is a masterful work."
Camilla Townsend, Rutgers University "Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico, 1500-1800 is a masterful, revisionist study of native leaders in New Spain who capitalized on their ancestral heritage to create and secure prestigious positions for themselves and their families. Covering the longue duree of the colonial era, Peter Villella's exemplary research, most remarkably, reveals that the native peoples' glorious primordial story of Aztec achievement also served their counterparts, the creole Spaniards, who appropriated the same indigenous sources and monuments as patria to exemplify Mexico as grand and equivalent to any place in the world. Erudite and eloquently written, the book is a landmark contribution to our field."
Susan Schroeder, France Vinton Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History Emerita, Tulane University "This beautifully written book is a magnificent contribution to Latin American intellectual history. Villella uses a rich variety of legal records, unpublished manuscripts, and printed books to examine the historical consciousness and vision of indigenous nobles in New Spain who strategically adapted their own Mesoamerican concepts of hereditary authority and rank to Spanish notions of nobility in order to maintain and advance their status in the colonial order. Villella shows how indigenous and mestizo writers and actors participated in the construction of a local, proto-nationalist, patriotic discourse that has been attributed primarily, if not exclusively, to Spanish Creoles."
Kevin Terraciano, University of California, Los Angeles 'In his engaging and comprehensive Indigenous Elites and Creole Identity in Colonial Mexico, 1500-1800, Professor Peter Villella takes the reader beyond this well-established narrative to examine the conditions and strategies that allowed generations of indigenous noble families from diverse ethnic groups to preserve some recognizable guise of their original status under increasingly adverse circumstances. The author painstakingly shows how the Indian nobility developed and exploited its ties to sectors of a creole elite that was still finding its footing in colonial society.' Osvaldo Pardo, Hispanic American Historical Review

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