El Sentido Misional de la Conquista de America
Publisher: Ediciones de Orientacion Espanola
Place: Buenos Aires
406 pages with folding plate, facsimiles and bibliography. Quarto (10 1/2" x 7") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Inscribed by the author on the half title pages. First edition.
The author's thesis is that the Hispanic character of Central and South America is due chiefly to the missionary religious. They stood for virtue in a competitive market, protected the weak and their protection with the teaching did the most to affect the indigenous' survival. The first part of the book examines the validity of the overview. The remaining two thirds study the local Argentine panorama piece by piece, Sierra deals with primary sources and his inductions arise from critical facts. from the political purposes of the Columbian voyages he proceeds through the problem of the "just titles" and their influence on the Laws of the Indies. The basic elements in missionary operations and the momentum of their success are then put under the lens. Particularly valuable at this juncture is the study of the reforms in religious orders on the American ground before 1560. Observation units advance scouts were replaced by marching battalion. Bishops on circuit became directors of permanent organisations. After surveying the foundations on the Rio de la Plata and the viceroyality of Peru the interest centers on Viceroy Francisco de Toledo and the consolidation of social and religious organization. Defense of native rights leads to the setting up of the highly successful mission system of reducciones. Difficulties in controlling the encomienda, and in modifying the servicio personal, bring on the Ordinances of Francisco de Alfro.
Inscribed on half title by the author. Corners bumped, edges chipped, one inch separation at front heal hinge. Pages age toned, uncut, spine ends chipped. else a better than good copy.
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