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History of the Conquest of Peru Paperback – June 17, 2005
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Originally published in 1847, History of the Conquest of Peru, a companion volume to William H. Prescott's masterly History of the Conquest of Mexico, continues his vivid chronicle of Spanish exploits in the New World. The book's commanding vision of Pizarro's tumultuous overthrow of the Inca empire has secured its reputation as a classic in the literature of Latin American history.
------"History of the Conquest of Peru represents an author's triumph over his materials," observed Donald G. Darnell, one of the historian's several biographers. "Prescott exploits to the fullest any opportunities for dramatic effects that history might provide him. . . . If there is one [distinguishing] feature of the Conquest of Peru . . . it is the portrayal of the Spanish character, that striking fusion of courage, cruelty, pride, and gallows humor. . . . We seem to be overhearing dialogue and observing firsthand the interaction between the Spaniards as they struggle for control of an empire. . . . Although Peru lacks a noble protagonist . . . it is still an immensely readable history. The description of the Inca civilization, particularly its wealth, the precise explanation of the cause of the conflict between the conquerors, and the depiction of the Spanish character--these together with the careful research, the sheer abundance of anecdotes, and the exploitation of primary materials all contribut
e to the history's continuing popularity." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book makes a great gift for anyone traveling to Ecuador or Peru and for anyone over the age of 60.
I have read this book at least a couple of times before and the edition which I read was published in 1961. Even though it is in far from mint status, it was worth the time I spent in re-reading it, not just because it provided a useful contrast with the “The Civilization of the Incas” with all of its speculative theories about the origins of the Incas, but also because I could re-learn much of what I had since forgotten about this remarkable civilization to prepare myself for studying the record of their long past and immediate precursors in Peru.
As the editor, Victor Von Hagen explains, in the opening paragraph of his introduction “Few historical pieces such as this have withstood the test of time so well, and even less have such pioneer works withstood the assault of archaeological discoveries – and historians” and even though that was written over 50 years ago, and much modern archaeological research has taken place since then, the fact seems to be that what Prescott wrote about in the Conquest of Peru is fundamentally correct, because Prescott took the time and trouble to study the many unpublished reports on the conquest which had been hidden away and ignored by Spanish historians for almost 300 years. Most of the reports were written some 50 years or so after the events of the conquest itself.Read more ›
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This is one of the books I really ought to re-read. It was a vivid telling of the story of the Incas and Pizarro, providing enough context to make it meaningful, wonderful,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Trey
This seems to have been some poorly produced pirated copy. It started on page 13 and we had to return it.Published on June 16, 2014 by Joshua M.
History of the Conquest of Peru by William H Prescott is a very thoroughly researched and interestingly written account. Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by alan arrowsmith
The Inca HUAYNA CAPAC (died in 1525 ad) had two heirs to the throne. ATHAHUALLPA (to whom he left the northern part of the country, with the capital of Quito), who was not from a... Read morePublished on January 5, 2007 by G. Stucco