- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: June 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781108602310
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108602310
In the sixty years following the Spanish conquest, indigenous communities in central Mexico suffered the equivalent of three Black Deaths, a demographic catastrophe that prompted them to rebuild under the aegis of Spanish missions. Where previous histories have framed this process as an epochal spiritual conversion, The Mexican Mission widens the lens to examine its political and economic history, revealing a worldly enterprise that both remade and colonized Mesoamerica. The mission exerted immense temporal power in struggles over indigenous jurisdictions, resources, and people. Competing communities adapted the mission to their own designs; most notably, they drafted labor to raise ostentatious monastery complexes in the midst of mass death. While the mission fostered indigenous recovery, it also grounded Spanish imperial authority in the legitimacy of local native rule. The Mexican mission became one of the most extensive in early modern history, with influences reverberating on Spanish frontiers from New Mexico to Mindanao.
Susan M. Deeds - Professor Emerita of History, Northern Arizona University
William B. Taylor - author of Theater of a Thousand Wonders: A History of Miraculous Images and Shrines in New Spain (Cambridge, 2016)
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra - Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin
Yanna Yannakakis - 2018–2021 Winship Distinguished Research Professorship in History, Emory University, Atlanta
Leslie S. Offutt Source: Hispanic American Historical Review
Matthew J. Butler Source: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
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