When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall


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    When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall Good review essay at NYRBBefore Cortés sailed to Mexico he had lived in the Caribbean for fifteen years first in Hispaniola and then in Cuba L

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    When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall This book's mission is actually a very cool one it exposes the story of Montezuma welcoming Cortez as the reincarnation of

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    When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall It's meticulously researched and Restall brings up some interesting ways in which to think about history I'll give him that But if I had known the book was going to amount to a 350 page literature review with no real narrative to speak of for example the book starts with The Meeting then shifts to pre Cortez Azte

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    Matthew Restall ☆ 0 CHARACTERS SUMMARY È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Matthew Restall When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall Next year will be the 500th anniversary of Cortes's entrance into Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztec peoples of Mesoamerica Such a long span of time helps explain the story's blurring Much of what we think we know of the Aztecs and the Spanish conuest of Mexico is wrong Restall calls his history a revisionist one because he tries to correc

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    When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall Matthew Restall certainly does his research I find myself skipping parts going ahead and then going back This book should be of interest to any history buff A whole different perspective on the Spanish invasion of Mexico Not a uick read but very enlightening

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    When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall Likely a polarizing title OK back up All stories of conuest are polarizing; victor writes the history etc until recent pushback has gotten van

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    When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall Matthew Restall ☆ 0 CHARACTERS SUMMARY È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Matthew Restall wow eye opener shedding away all the legendsgenocide to the tenth powerno spoiler alerts here The author brilliant detective work

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    Matthew Restall ☆ 0 CHARACTERS SUMMARY È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Matthew Restall When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall I abandoned reading this book at the half way mark It's one for academics and not as I had hoped a readable account of Montezuma and Cortes The author is often mentioning himself and referring to his construct of the book The best history books let the story tell itself

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    When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall Matthew Restall ☆ 0 CHARACTERS READ When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History Rethinking “the conuest of Mexico” from the native point of view—the “Spanish Aztec War” It’s fascinating but very tough

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    When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History (E–pub/E–book) ´ Matthew Restall What if everything you heard about the Conuistor Hernando Cortés and the Aztec emperor Montezuma was incorrect? This book is a work of superb historical scholarship that goes against the grain of mainstream narrative that often glorify Cortés In peeling back the myth we get closer to the truth of what actually

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When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History

CHARACTERS When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Of Cortés’s bold and brilliant military genius Montezuma on the other hand is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphereBut is this really what happened In a departure from traditional tellings When Montezuma Met Cortés uses “the Meeting” as Restall dubs their first encounter as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Cortés and Montezuma Drawing on rare pri. Likely a polarizing title OK back up All stories of conuest are polarizing victor writes the history etc until recent pushback has gotten vanuished tales in print Columbus Cort s are taking their kickings these days But this one is likely to create a rift between scholars of Mesoamerica and everybody else not because of the content but the way it s put togetherThe first third of the book is essentially a review of the literature an apologia It turns into the longest straw man argument I can recall largely because Restall focuses on the tellings of the tale of Montezuma from the late 1500s to approximately the early 20th century I kept waiting for some recognition that of us grew up listening to Neil Young s Cortez the Killer than have heard all the operatic renditions combined But Neil and virtually everyone else who has written about the conuest of the Aztecs in a negative light has to wait until the second and later parts of the book and then is dismissed as a romantic Restall breezes past the indigenes who are demonizing Cort s with barely a nod This guts the overall message of Part One which argues that Cort s has been viewed as a romantic hero at worst an anti hero But to do that Restall s got to ignore the past half century and it weakens his argument unbelievablyHe also has an annoying habit of putting the why ahead of the what often with a teaser that we ll get to that later So he discusses Montezuma s death from a dozen angles before describing the events of his death several outcomes of the arrival and stay of the conuistadors in Tenochtitlan are addressed dozens and dozens of pages before he describes how that took place and he repeatedly discusses peoples motives and legacies before he actually gets around to their biographies Malintzin La Malinche appears throughout the book but her story is almost in the epilogue he never actually does get around to detailing the Noche Triste or the details of the feud with Veracruz but gives each a couple of dozen glancing referencesWhich is why I suggest the book may be polarizing Mesoamerican scholars don t need to be told what happened so it s likely going to be less annoying for them to read than somebody like myself who only knows the story in broad strokes and picked this up hoping to learn still unclear on many details thanks for askingAnd parts of it feel dishonest One suspects that one of the reasons Restall has delayed the telling of some of the events is that the details are lost to history Montezuma s death for instance is clouded by unreliable narrators on both sides So setting out an unclear event and drawing a book s worth of conclusions from it would seem sketchy But responding in detail to 500 years of histories romances novels paintings and sculptures there s plenty of grist for the mill And then a couple of paragraphs of Restall s best and convoluted guess as to what happenedWorse is the way he chooses data selectively while criticizing those who came before for doing the same thing For example the relative importance of the Spaniards in the fall of the Aztec empire varies from page to page At one point the Spaniards are a tiny percentage of an army essentially a spare part of the regular Aztec calendar which includes war season when the crops aren t due A few pages later and historians have failed to recognize just how large the invading army was Which is it Tiny or huge Montezuma s pets or a rapacious horde Another perhaps telling example is the chapter that ends with Cort s having achieved nothing because the Dynastic Vine proves Montezuma s family still ruled decades and decades after the conuistador died It s immediately followed by a chapter that details the horror and ruin of total war brought to Mexico by the invaders If the Aztecs were still in control as Restall argues why would they have turned over dozens of the daughters of the ruling classes to be sex slaves to the invaders which Restall also argues And why if they had any power was tribute flowing out of Mexico to Castile instead of into Tenochtitlan from the surrounding countryside And don t even get me started on the claim that the Aztecs didn t believe in human sacrifice right before describing how the Aztec would get all their captives stoned on hallucinogens and then ritually kill them and tear their hearts out which Restall wants to call executing OK execution by ritual murder and heart cleaving It s a fine pointThe true answer is still the simplest the Aztecs on the throne were puppets Their beliefs included human sacrifice Cort s probably did have his translator read the articles of surrender to Montezuma but the meaning likely changed by the time it went both directions through two translators the latter of whom would be familiar with the power of the huey tlatoani and who might well not have wanted to tell the emperor in so many words that it was time to hang em up and let the white man have his job Nobody really knows how Montezuma died although Restall s conclusion that the conuistadors showed the king to the combatants in order to get him killed by an Aztec seems far fetched It could just as easily have caused a huge rescue attempt by emotional subjects That said in Restall s defense it was a bloody war of conuest not a uick capitulation and Montezuma almost undoubtedly didn t just hand over the whole empire to Cort s just because he was such a charming fellowLook it s an fascinating subject and Restall s key point Montezuma didn t abdicate he was the huey tlatoani until he was the dead huey tlatoani Long live the huey tlatoani is a valid one and well made And it s a good enough book that I ve just bothered to write the guts of a decent college paper about it sans footnotes because I have my degrees and I don t have to touch another style manual as long as I live nyah nyah nyah But in attempting to dismiss pretty much everything ever composed about Montezuma as mythistory Restall has written himself in circles One dust jacket critic enthuses that Restall has changed the way history will be written If this is the future of history give me its pastTwo stars for a general reader likely a must read for Aztec academiaPS What s with his hangup over the Angry Aztec jigsaw puzzle Is he as concerned about the Rotten Romans and Awful Egyptians

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CHARACTERS When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Mary sources and overlooked accounts by conuistadors and Aztecs alike Restall explores Cortés’s and Montezuma’s posthumous reputations their achievements and failures and the worlds in which they lived leading step by step to a dramatic inversion of the old story As Restall takes us through this sweeping revisionist account of a pivotal moment in modern civilization he calls into uestion our view of the history of the Americas and indeed of history itse. wow eye opener shedding away all the legendsgenocide to the tenth powerno spoiler alerts here The author brilliant detective work

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CHARACTERS When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando Cortés that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conuest of the AmericasOn November 8 1519 the Spanish conuistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma the Aztec emperor at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan This introduction the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas has long been the symbol. Good review essay at NYRBBefore Cort s sailed to Mexico he had lived in the Caribbean for fifteen years first in Hispaniola and then in Cuba Like other settlers he received encomiendas grants that gave him land and the right to exploit the labor of native inhabitants whom he forced to search for precious metals He served as a notary in Hispaniola and later was secretary to Diego de Vel zuez Cuba s governor He lived an ordinary life on Hispaniola and Cuba because he was an ordinary man of ordinary abilities by renaming the Conuest of Mexico the Spanish Aztec War he grants the losers an active part in it In this same vein he refers to the Spanish captains and their men by the name given to them by their Nahua allies and enemies the Caxtilteca or the people of Castile He thus situates them precisely in the historical and political settings in which they were fighting the Caxtilteca were one small faction though the most eccentric and ultimately the most politically astute of many that united behind the Tlaxcaltecas in an internal war for the control of central MexicoAztec human sacrifice Spanish propaganda Francisco L pez de Gomara Cort s s confessor and the first formal historian of the Conuest of Mexico raised the figure to 50000 sacrifices per yearThe number is remarkable for how preposterous it is than 137 sacrifices a day five an hour one every twelve minutes twenty four hours a day Aztec sacrifice was a nonmechanized process that demanded extensive ritual preparation and an individually selected victim and archaeologists have never found evidence to support the Spaniards figures The remains actually found don t add up even to hundreds of victims let alone thousandsIn 1620 Mexico City was still being governed under the surveillance of a Spanish viceroy by Aztec nobility the descendants of the fifteenth and sixteenth century emperors They kept their power but the population decreased by an unimaginable 90 percent during the first eighty years of Spanish occupation due to epidemics and enforced servitude still the worst genocide in historyThe spaces left by the dead were being occupied by unceasing waves of Spanish soldiers adventurers and their families Taino and African slaves priests and nuns and specialized workers needed to construct and maintain the colonial infrastructure This made the indigenous nobility irrelevant After the continent was successfully colonized and Europeanized it was emptied and repopulated A hundred and eighty seven million people died during the first century of the occupation of AmericaSpain s American epic was the first modern European project of permanent occupation that actually workedI ll be reading it The NYRB reviewer accurately call Spain s conuest a genocide but it was largely an accidental one from the European diseases that came with the Spanish immigrants and felled the indigenes in uncountable numbers And this was almost certainly inevitable no matter which late medieval Europeans colonized first The die offs were no less in the French English and Portuguese coloniesI think most historians now agree that all of the indigenous peoples in the Americas lost around 90% of their population in the great European disease plagues Still an underdocumented episode in history perhaps because it s so ugly 187000000 deaths someone s guess is by far the world record

  • Hardcover
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  • When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History
  • Matthew Restall
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 9780062427267