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Reshaping New Spain

Government and Private Interests in the Colonial Bureaucracy, 1531-1550

by Ethelia Ruiz Medrano, translated by Julia Constantino and Pauline Marmasse

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"[C]learly written and well-argued . . . a further development in the study of institutional-social relationships that is so much needed in Latin American history."
Hispanic American Historical Review

"This book makes a very useful contribution to historians' understanding of the early colonial process."
Jeremy Baskes, The Americas

"[P]rovides a valuable, detailed account of the economic benefits of high office and the importance of kinship and social networks in early colonial New Spain. All colonialists will benefit from reading Reshaping New Spain."
—Mark A. Burkholder, University of Missouri, St. Louis; New Mexico Historical Review

"[Ruiz Medrano's] discussion . . . is careful and abundantly documented, and tends above all to demonstrate the willingness of the Crown to allow substantial adjustments to policy by colonial officialdom, provided its essential jurisdiction was maintained. . . . Ruiz Medrano and the University Press of Colorado are to be congratulated for making her work accessible to an English-speaking readership. . . . I will be asking my university library to order several copies of this important monograph."
—Adrian Pearce, Nottingham Trent University; Journal of Latin American Studies


Originally published in Mexico as Gobierno y Sociedad en Nueva Espana, Ethelia Ruiz Medrano's seminal study Reshaping New Spain is now available in an updated English edition.

Drawing on extensive archival research, Ruiz examines the developing colonial institutions in Mexico and how they changed indigenous land ownership and labor laws to favor the new bureaucrats. This portrait of the emerging government in New Spain fills a critical niche in Latin American studies.


Ethelia Ruiz Medrano is a researcher at the Direccion de Estudios Historicos, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia in Mexico and a visiting professor at The Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of three books with the University Press of Colorado, and the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006.

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  • Paperback Price: $30.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-186-6
  • Ebook Price: $28.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-0-87081-879-0
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • Pages: 336
  • Illustrations: 4 maps
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Ethelia Ruiz Medrano, translated by Julia Constantino and Pauline Marmasse
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-186-6
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