Investigates role that Las Casas played in the evolution of Spanish imperialism and 16th century arguments about human rights, and claims that scholars have overestimated the extent to which he helped indigenous people
About the Series ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Bartolome de Las Casas, Savior of Indoamerica? 1 1. Defining and Possessing 17 2. American Crucible 40 3. Conversions, Utopias, and Ecclesiastical Imperialism 63 4. Theory and Praxis 105 5. Toward a Restoration of the Indies 135 6. The Legacy of Las Casas 150 Conclusion 177 Notes 187 Bibliography 215 Index 229
Daniel Castro is Associate Professor of History at Southwestern University. He is the editor of Revolution and Revolutionaries: Guerilla Movements in Latin America.
"Another Face of Empire incontrovertibly adds to general understanding of Bartolome de Las Casas. Daniel Castro persuasively argues that Las Casas contributed substantially to the establishment of Spanish imperial hegemony in the Americas in the first century after the conquests."--Franklin W. Knight, editor of Bartolome de Las Casas's An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies "Father Las Casas offered what all empires need: a sense of their own moral legitimacy. This book forthrightly unmasks the imperial gift-giver. It should be read by all colonialists and those who study human rights issues."-- Colin M. MacLachlan, John Christie Barr Distinguished Professor of History, Tulane University