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Another Face of Empire: Bartolomé de Las Casas, Indigenous Rights, and Ecclesiastical Imperialism (Latin America Otherwise)

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ISBN-13: 978-0822339304
ISBN-10: 0822339307
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Another Face of Empire incontrovertibly adds to general understanding of Bartolomé de Las Casas. Daniel Castro persuasively argues that Las Casas contributed substantially to the establishment of Spanish imperial hegemony in the Americas in the first century after the conquests.”—Franklin W. Knight, editor of Bartolomé de Las Casas’s An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies


“Father Las Casas offered what all empires need: a sense of their own moral legitimacy. This book forthrightly unmasks the imperial gift-giver. It should be read by all colonialists and those who study human rights issues.”—Colin M. MacLachlan, John Christie Barr Distinguished Professor of History, Tulane University


“[H]istorians of Latin America will find Castro’s work to be a significant contribution to the field of postcolonial studies of the Spanish Empire. Castro’s capable revisionist brush provides insight into the ways in which the life of one man can mean so much to so many people for so many reasons.”
(Michael Pasquier, Interventions)

“Daniel Castro deserves praise for the clarity and freshness of his insights on Las Casas in this book. He points out and eliminates much of the tendentiousness that so often typifies writings about the great Franciscan and thereby composes a highly useful book.”
(John E. Kicza, Renaissance Quarterly)

“This is an important contribution to the literature on Las Casas. It removes the halo and sees the man within the context of his time, and looks into the motivations for his actions and positions. It simply is one of the most refreshing analyses of Las Casas to have appeared in quite some time.”
(John F. Schwaller, Bulletin of Latin American Research)

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"Father Las Casas offered what all empires need: a sense of their own moral legitimacy. This book forthrightly unmasks the imperial gift-giver. It should be read by all colonialists and those who study human rights issues."-- Colin M. MacLachlan, John Christie Barr Distinguished Professor of History, Tulane University

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Product Details

  • Series: Latin America Otherwise
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822339307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822339304
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,568,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really want to like this book. Castro approaches his study of Las Casas and his writings from a fresh post-colonial post-modern perspective but this book is a bit frustrating. When I was writing a critique of Las Casas' Brevisima Relacion I used it as one of my main secondary sources. I found that Castro had several really good ideas and observations, but as I was using the book to write my paper I kept finding that it was a difficult book to use for this purpose. Although there are a few really good ideas they tend to be littered throughout the book in no logical way -I mean to say that Castro tends to repeat the same ideas throughout the book but most of the time only restating the ideas without expanding on them very much and one cannot predict based on the titles of the chapters nor chronology of the book where one of these ideas will be expanded on instead of simply being restated. Furthermore, where the ideas are expanded and discussed I feel Castro could have provided a little more proof, done a little more convincing. If you're trying to write an essay about Las Casas from a contemporary perspective you should consult this book, just don't make it your main source.
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