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I Saw a City Invincible : Urban Portraits of Latin America - Gilbert M. Joseph

I Saw a City Invincible

Urban Portraits of Latin America

By: Gilbert M. Joseph (Editor), Mark D. Szuchman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th February 1996
ISBN: 9780842024969
Number Of Pages: 213

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When the Spaniards settled in Latin America, they immediately surrounded themselves with cities. Equating civilization with urban existence, the early conquerors of the New World rapidly established themselves as urban lords. Latin American cities then became synonymous with Spanish power and all of its privileged attributes: political authority, ecclesiastical activity, commerce, finance, and conspicuous consumption.

This volume represents some of the most enduring reflections on the Latin American city. All of the essays were written by public officials, journalists, and social commentators, among others, who participated actively in the affairs of the cities they so perceptively describe. The collection offers critical analyses spanning hundreds of years, beginning with the era of the conquistadores in Tenochtitl¬∑n and continuing to the deafening bustle of today's urban crowds in Mexico City. Professors Gilbert Joseph and Mark Szuchman offer translations of classic pieces by writers previously little known to Western audiences: Cobo, Garc√Ća, Santos Vilhena, and Leite de Barros.

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A particular virtue of the texts chosen is that they not only describe Bogota, Lima, and Buenos Aires, but give us a window into the thinking of contemporary observers as to the complex meaning of urban life-as both an avatar of modernization, and as modern dystopia.--Eric Van Young, University of California, San Diego

The City as Vision - The Development of Urban Culture in Latin Americap. 1
Tenochtitlan and Mexico City under Aztec and Spanish Rulep. 33
Daily Life of the Aztecs on the Eve of the Spanish Conquestp. 35
The Aztecs under Spanish Rulep. 47
Viceregal Lima in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 59
Colonial Buenos Airesp. 71
Bahia in the Late Colonial Periodp. 85
Bogota in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 103
Lima in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 119
Buenos Aires in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 133
The Transformation of Sao Paulop. 149
Another Sao Paulop. 165
Mexico's Megalopolisp. 181
Suggested Readingsp. 203
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ISBN: 9780842024969
ISBN-10: 0842024964
Series: I Saw a City Invincible
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 28th February 1996
Publisher: SPEAR BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.37  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32