Oxford University Press

9780190673062

STARRED REVIEW

Fifth Sun

Fifth Sun is a dramatic and accessible narrative that tells the story of Spain’s conquest of Mexico as the native Mexicans saw it.

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Review of ‘Fifth Sun’

For generations, historians have gleaned their understanding of the conquest of Mexico from Spanish accounts—whether from the conquistadors, who stressed Aztec human sacrifice, or Catholic missionaries, who were sometimes more sympathetic to the indigenous Nahua people. If you’d asked why the approach was so one-sided, the scholars would have said: Because nothing else is available. 

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