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The True Story of the Meeting
That Changed History
Matthew Restall's award-winning book was released in 2018 and can be ordered in hardcover, paperback, audio, and Kindle versions.
A paperback edition in Spanish, published by Taurus, is also now available, and a Chinese edition is coming in 2020.
A Spanish edition of The Black Middle has been published as Entre mayas y españoles: Africanos en el Yucatán colonial by Fondo de Cultura Económica.
His co-authored Return to Ixil was published in 2019, and his Blue Moves was published in May 2020. Look for his co-authored The Maya out soon. Then in 2021, a new edition of Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest comes out!
About the Author
About The Author
Matthew Restall was born in London, England, in 1964. He grew up in Spain, Venezuela, and East Asia, but was schooled in England, primarily at Wellington College, before going on to receive a BA degree in Modern History from Oxford University in 1986. He earned a PhD in Latin American History from UCLA in 1992, studying under James Lockhart, and has since held teaching positions at various universities in the United States. Restall has published over twenty books and seventy essays and articles since 1995. His best-known book is Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest (2003), which has also been published in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Polish. His other books include The Maya World: Yucatec Culture and Society, 1550-1850 (1997), Maya Conquistador (1998), Invading Guatemala (with Florine Asselbergs, 2007), 2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse (with Amara Solari, 2011), Latin America in Colonial Times (with Kris Lane, 2011), and The Conquistadors (with Felipe
Fernández-Armesto, 2012). His book The Black Middle: Africans, Mayas, and Spaniards in Colonial Yucatan won the Conference on Latin American History’s 2009 prize for best book on Mexican history. His newest book, When Montezuma Met Cortés, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in January 2018. He has since written a book on Maya history (with Mark Christensen) titled Return to Ixil, published in 2019. He also since completed a book (with Amara Solari) for Oxford's Very Short Introductions series titled The Maya, as well as a book for the 33 1/3 series on the album Blue Moves (see the separate section below on Music); both come out in May 2020. He is currently writing a book on early Belize, tentatively titled The Caye.
He is a member of the New Philology school of colonial Mexican history, and a founder of a related school, the New Conquest History. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the John Carter Brown Library, the Library of Congress, and the Capitol Historical Society. He is currently Immediate Past President of the American Society for Ethnohistory.
Restall's sister is Emma Restall Orr, the neo-Druid author. His father is the ornithologist and bird artist, Robin Restall. He is married to the art historian, Amara Solari.
of the Spanish Conquest
The Black Middle
The Maya World
Return to Ixil
Latin America in Colonial Times
2012 and the End of the World
Sete Mitos da Conquista Espanhola
La Conquista Indígena de Mesoamérica
Los Siete Mitos de la Conquista Española
Conquista de Buenas Palabras y de Guerra
The Riddle of
Life and Death in a Maya Community
Yale University (New Haven, CT), March 27th
Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), March 30th
Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC), April 9th
TULANE UNIVERSITY (New Orleans, LA), February 2020
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (RI), November 2019
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA (OK), November 2019
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU (Barcelona, Spain), October 2019
FALMOUTH MUSEUMS ON THE GREEN (Falmouth, MA), July 2019
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER (UK), March 2019
DENVER ART MUSEUM (Denver, CO), January 2019
OXFORD UNIVERSITY (UK), May 2018
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL (UK), May 2018
MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE (Washington, D.C.), April 2018
SAN ANTONIO BOOK FAIR (San Antonio, TX), April 2018
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE (UK), March 2018
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY (UK), March 2018
TULANE UNIVERSITY (New Orleans, LA), March 2018
LYCOMING COLLEGE (Williamsport, PA), February 2018
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