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Rereading the Black Legend – The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires

Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan


The phrase “The Black Legend” was coined in 1912 by a Spanish journalist in protest of the characterization of Spain by other Europeans as a backward country defined by ignorance, superstition, and religious fanaticism, whose history could never recover from the black mark of its violent conquest of the Americas. Challenging this stereotype, this book contextualizes Spain's uniquely tarnished reputation by exposing the colonial efforts of other nations whose interests were served by propagating the “Black Legend.” A group of contributors here examine early modern imperialisms including the Ott ... More

Keywords: Black Legend, ignorance, superstition, religious fanaticism, early modern imperialisms, Ottomans, Mughal India, Age of Exploration, backward country, conquest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret R. Greer, editor

Walter D. Mignolo, editor

Maureen Quilligan, editor

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