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"An important new book... It displays a mastery of the literature and impressive erudition; a capacity for the patient teasing out of the truth from sources that are often incomplete and partisan; and a lucid narrative style that carries the reader along... A formidable achievement." J. H. Elliott, New York Review of Books "A masterful synthesis that will serve as a necessary point of departure for historians working in different areas of frontier or borderlands history for many years to come." Cynthia Radding, Director, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico "A stunning book that will be read for generations and lauded for its awesome research, judicious analysis, and graceful prose." James Schofield Saeger, Lehigh University"

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"This is a pathbreaking, tightly organized, surefooted book. At last we have something solid and comparative in the field of colonial Latin American frontiers, and unincorporated Indians can never again be dismissed as unimportant to the story of Spain in America. The book is a pure delight."—Amy Turner Bushnell, The John Carter Brown Library

"A masterful synthesis that will serve as a necessary point of departure for historians working in different areas of frontier or borderlands history for many years to come."—Cynthia Radding, Director, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico

"A stunning book that will be read for generations and lauded for its awesome research, judicious analysis, and graceful prose."—James Schofield Saeger, Lehigh University "A lucidly written landmark study, packed with insight, patterns, regional and temporal specificity, and memorable voices. A key to much about Latin American history. Everyone who wants to write about the colonial period must reckon with this book."—William B. Taylor, University of California, Berkeley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Lamar Series in Western History
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300119917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300119916
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lucia Amsden on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Although this is a masterly piece of scholastic writing by perhaps the pre-eminent historian of Spanish colonialism in the Americas, it is also a vivid read for the non-scholar (such as myself). If you believe that the Spanish relationship to the native people in their American colonies was a consistently brutal and usurious one, this book will give you an appreciation of how highly varied and sometimes very moral (in the morality of the day), it actually was, especially toward the end.
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Those of us who study Spain's practices in the Americas suffered a great loss with the passing of David J. Weber of SMU. My primary interest is the borderlands (what is now the American Southwest and northern Mexico), but this book takes a broader view which helps one understand the borderlands.
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By IZzy on September 19, 2014
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Wonderful!
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8 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DaLaoHu on April 26, 2007
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I guess this is what passes for history these days. Make sure you pay homage to every point of view at every time and at every place, and never mind about organization. There's no doubt that Weber knows his subject, but come on, it's like he took all his notecards from a lifetime of research, shuffled them a few times, dropped them on the floor, and then wrote this book in the order that he picked them up. This book is all over the map, both figuratively and literally. I understand that all historical narrative is necessarily flawed, by point of view, cultural bias, etc., but hey, give me credit for having the intelligence to uncover these flaws myself. A work like this demands structure, which unfortunately this book does not have. I rate this book three stars only because there is a wealth of information in here. But be prepared to dig!
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