An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies

An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies : And Related Texts

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Fifty years after the arrival of Columbus, at the height of Spain's conquest of the West Indies, Spanish bishop and colonist Bartolome de Las Casas dedicated his Brevisima Relacion de la Destruicion de las Indias to Philip II of Spain. An impassioned plea on behalf of the native peoples of the West Indies, the Brevisima Relacion catalogues in horrific detail atrocities it attributes to the king's colonists in the New World. The result is a withering indictment of the conquerors that has cast a 500-year shadow over the subsequent history of that world and the European colonization of it.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12.7mm | 227g
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0872206254
  • 9780872206250
  • 663,671

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Andrew Hurley's daring new translation dramatically foreshortens that five hundred years by reversing the usual priority of a translation; rather than bring the Brevisima Relacion to the reader, it brings the reader to the Brevisima Relacion--not as it is, but as it might have been, had it been originally written in English. The translator thus allows himself no words or devices unavailable in English by 1560, and in so doing reveals the prophetic voice, urgency and clarity of the work, qualities often obscured in modern translations. An Introduction by Franklin Knight, notes, a map, and a judicious set of Related Readings offer further aids to a fresh appreciation of this foundational historical and literary work of the New World and European engagement with it. This is a splendid new translation of Brevisima Relacion, the famous denunciation of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, written by Dominican friar Bartolome de Las Casas (1483-1566). . . . The Hackett edition of Brevisima Relacion . . . has a lot to offer to undergraduates. . . . Knight's introduction to the text makes in fact for a compelling read. . . . Together with Knight's ample annotations, which refer students to the most up-to-date secondary literature, it makes for a wonderful introduction to the history of Europe's expansion into the Western Hemisphere." --Martine van Ittersum, Journal of Early Modern History
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