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The Conquest of History (Paperback)

Spanish Colonialism and National Histories in the Nineteenth Century

Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780822959908
Published: 23rd December 2007
Casemate UK Academic

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As Spain rebuilt its colonial regime in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines after the Spanish American revolutions, it turned to history to justify continued dominance. The metropolitan vision of history, however, always met with opposition in the colonies.The Conquest of History examines how historians, officials, and civic groups in Spain and its colonies forged national histories out of the ruins and relics of the imperial past. By exploring controversies over the veracity of the Black Legend, the location of Christopher Columbus\u2019s mortal remains, and the survival of indigenous cultures, Christopher Schmidt-Nowara\u2019s richly documented study shows how history became implicated in the struggles over empire. It also considers how these approaches to the past, whether intended to defend or to criticize colonial rule, called into being new postcolonial histories of empire and of nations.

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