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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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The View of the Empire from the Altepetl

The View of the Empire from the Altepetl

Nahua Historical and Global Imagination

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(p.150) Chapter Eight The View of the Empire from the Altepetl
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Rereading the Black Legend
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Silver Moon

Michael Ennis

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0008

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

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