The conquest of Mesoamerica has long been and continues to be an alluring subject of historical and interdisciplinary inquiry. Indeed, much work has emerged in the last few decades that has significantly enhanced—and at times radically transformed—our understanding of this fascinating and foundational episode in transatlantic history. This shift in conquest historiography—often referred to as the New Conquest History—is characterized by, among other things, the revisiting and rereading of long-familiar published primary sources, the recentering of native peoples and their perspectives and interpretations in our historical narratives, and a disregard for traditional disciplinary boundaries. Paul Scolieri's Dancing the New World accomplishes all these objectives and is an excellent addition both to conquest scholarship and to the cultural history of colonial Mexico.

Scolieri's aim is to use dance as a “lens into the broader ‘encounter’ between Europeans and Indians in the New World,”...

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