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    ebook When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History ó learntopark.co.za Download Matthew Restall ´ 2 Free read Rethinking “the conuest of Mexico” from the native point of view—the “Spanish Aztec War” It’s fascinating but ve

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    Free read æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Matthew Restall ebook When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History ó learntopark.co.za Download 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 happened in history between Cortés and the Aztecs This book makes a strong case of how people even today have not look at him

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Characters Ó When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. This book s mission is actually a very cool one it exposes the story of Montezuma welcoming Cortez as the reincarnation of uetzalcoatl as a long storied fabrication that actually began with the confusion of the conuistadors themselves Evidence is presented that Cortez was neither a hero nor a villain but merely a uick witted con man who was possibly putting a uixotic spin on the events around him to his fellow conuistadors even as they wandered around in Tenochtitlan The author also presents evidence that the real Spanish Mexican War didn t start until long after Montezuma s fictional surrender The fact that the conuistadors themselves never really had any curiosity about the actual politics of their warfare attests to the persuasiveness of Cortez s narrativeThe basic idea of weaving in all our centuries of Cortez myth is also interesting at least in theory The difficulty of establishing an origin for all the different aspects of the myth and the uestions of whether elaborations from centuries later might offer some insight on the real history is reminiscent of the difficulties surrounding the story of ChristThe problem is that while the author presents evidence and data as I have just said the framing for that data which I have just offered is mine In my opinion I ve just offered a better summary of the book than it ever offers for itself The author s own framing of Cortez and Monetzuma is extremely uninspiring and the entire book is a disaster of almost unreadable disorganization There is no need to mention roller coasters or random news articles that come up in a Google search for Monetzuma I think the author wanted to write for a popular audience but had completely forgotten how popular books work Awful

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Characters Ó When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. 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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Characters Ó When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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

  • Hardcover
  • 560
  • When Montezuma Met Cortés The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History
  • Matthew Restall
  • English
  • 14 September 2018
  • 9780062427267