The View of the Empire from the <i>Altepetl</i>

Silver Moon and Michael Ennis

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI:
The View of the Empire from the Altepetl

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This chapter explores the specific case of postconquest Nahua politics, culture, and intellectual traditions in order to demonstrate the ways the Nahuas conceptualized colonialism and global politics. It analyzes the idea that Spanish colonialism either degraded or extinguished indigenous culture to underscore its salience to the Black Legend. The analysis suggests that the Black Legend assumption that the Spanish conquest utterly annihilated indigenous culture is wrong given the persistence of indigenous culture in the Mayan and Mexican contexts.

Keywords: Nahua; Spanish colonialism; global politics; indigenous culture; Black Legend; intellectual traditions

Chapter.  7075 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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