Rereading the Black Legend

Rereading the Black Legend

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The phrase a€œThe Black Legenda€ was coined in 1912 by a Spanish journalist in protest of the characterization of Spain by other Europeans as a backward country defined by ignorance, superstition, and religious fanaticism, whose history could never recover from the black mark of its violent conquest of the Americas. Challenging this stereotype, Rereading the Black Legend contextualizes Spaina€™s uniquely tarnished reputation by exposing the colonial efforts of other nations whose interests were served by propagating the a€œBlack Legend.a€ A distinguished group of contributors here examine early modern imperialisms including the Ottomans in Eastern Europe, the Portuguese in East India, and the cases of Mughal India and China, to historicize the charge of unique Spanish brutality in encounters with indigenous peoples during the Age of Exploration. The geographic reach and linguistic breadth of this ambitious collection will make it a valuable resource for any discussion of race, national identity, and religious belief in the European Renaissance.... com- manded by the famous Muslim navigator Cheng He, their activities were mostly illicit and of little lasting consequence. ... In Shakespearea#39;s The Tempest, for example, a clownish character comments that when Londoners would not a€œ give a doit to relieve a lame beggar they will lay out ten ... a€œEach story was fashioned with exactly the same number of tiles and the tiles became smaller as the gracefulanbsp;...


Title:Rereading the Black Legend
Author: Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, Maureen Quilligan
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2008-09-15
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