Kathleen Ann Myers refers to her new book as a “reflective essay” (p. vii). Using the trope of the route of Hernán Cortés, it is a reflection on Mexican history and identity—local, regional, and national—as articulated largely through the voices of more than 100 interviewees residing along the alleged route. The text is divided into four major sections, organized geographically, on Veracruz, the highland interior of Tlaxcala and Puebla, Mexico City, and, finally, “el otro lado,” or Mexicans in the United States. In each section Myers both narrates a history of the conquest, and of Mexico more broadly, and reproduces interviews and interactions with residents along the route. At the end of each section Myers includes longer selections from her interviews. Throughout the book Myers seeks to highlight three common threads: first, how the conquest resonates among her interviewees based in part...
Book Review|November 01 2016
Raymond Craib; In the Shadow of Cortés: Conversations along the Route of Conquest. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2016; 96 (4): 729–731. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-3677851
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