Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs




      Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs
In November 1519, Hernando Cort s walked along a causeway leading to the capital of the Aztec kingdom and came face to face with Moctezuma That story and the story of what happened afterwards has been told many times, but always following the narrative offered by the Spaniards After all, we have been taught, it was the Europeans who held the pens But the Native Americans were intrigued by the Roman alphabet and, unbeknownst to the newcomers, they used it to write detailed histories in their own language of Nahuatl Until recently, these sources remained obscure, only partially translated, and rarely consulted by scholars.For the first time, in Fifth Sun, the history of the Aztecs is offered in all its complexity based solely on the texts written by the indigenous people themselves Camilla Townsend presents an accessible and humanized depiction of these native Mexicans, rather than seeing them as the exotic, bloody figures of European stereotypes The conquest, in this work, is neither an apocalyptic moment, nor an origin story launching Mexicans into existence The Mexica people had a history of their own long before the Europeans arrived and did not simply capitulate to Spanish culture and colonization Instead, they realigned their political allegiances, accommodated new obligations, adopted new technologies, and endured.This engaging revisionist history of the Aztecs, told through their own words, explores the experience of a once powerful people facing the trauma of conquest and finding ways to survive, offering an empathetic interpretation for experts and non specialists alike. Read Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs author Camilla Townsend – heartforum.co.uk

Camilla Townsend Ph.D., Rutgers University is professor of history at Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ Her special interest is in the relations between indigenous peoples and Europeans throughout the Americas.

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs
  • Camilla Townsend
  • 20 December 2018
  • 0190673060

10 thoughts on “ Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

  1. Ashlee Bree says:

    Forget everything you thought you knew about the Aztecs Or the Mexica, as they werecommonly known amongst themselves A fresh and insightful, sometimes familiar, history splashes across these pages which will open your eyes, ears, and heart to Nahua culture pre and post colonization It resounds in a way that makes you realize how for far too long we ve been missingthan half of the story, and it s one we all need to hear To learn To know.Townsend winds a vibrantly complex and Forget everything you thought you knew about the Aztecs Or the Mexica, as they werecommonly known amongst themselves A fresh and insightful, sometimes familiar, history splashes across these pages which will open your eyes, ears, and heart to Nahua culture pre and post colonization It resounds in a way that makes you realize how for far too long we ve been missingthan half of the story, and it s one we all need to hear To learn To know.Townsend winds a vibrantly complex and well researched narrative here that spans four centuries In doing so, she highlights the ever evolving world of an indigenous people, showing with elaborative skill, with acute delicacy, that theirs , like anyone s, was a life full of paradox Although it was...

  2. Meganators says:

    Well I ve only just started reading this, but this page 2 quote Libraries are generally thought to be very quiet places, whether they shelter stacks of rare, leather bound books or rows of computers Another way to think of a library, however, is as a world of frozen voices, captured and rendered accessible forever by one of the most powerful human developments of all time the act of writing From that perspective, a library suddenly becomes a very noisy place In theory, it contains fragments Well I ve only just started reading this, but this page 2 quote Libraries are generally thought to be very quiet places, whether they shelter stacks of rare, leather bound books or rows of computers Another way to think of a library, however, is as a world of frozen voices, captured and rendered accessible forever by one of the most powerful human developments of all time the act of writing From that perspective, a library suddenly becomes a very noisy place In theory,...

  3. Gitai Ben-ammi says:

    Most histories of the Aztecs have been based on European sources because historians were too lazy to learn Nahuatl This one is based on Nahuatl histories written by indigenous historians I cannot recommend it highly enough So many misconceptions, so many self serving narratives from colonizers, so many falsehoods are rectified It was the first history of the Aztecs that made me think brightly of my ancestral connections to them and made me understand the continuing power of the Aztec imagery Most histories of the Az...

  4. Ezra says:

    A very readable historical account of Mexica Aztec life before and after the Spanish conquest An interesting summary of what appears to be the current scholarly view of the Aztecs Townsend is a capable historian and presents the information well while also id...

  5. Jason Park says:

    A history book that will immerse you in Aztec culture and politics from their own sources and point of view, not that of Europeans My full review

  6. Elizabeth Scott says:

    Very illuminating, especially about Malintzin.

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