Matthew Restall

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Matthew Restall was born on the outskirts of London, England in 1964. He received a BA degree from Oxford University before completing his PhD in Latin American History from the University of California Los Angeles. He is a well-respected scholar in the areas of Latin American history, colonization, and the African diaspora. He has conducted extensive research in Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico, from which he has written twenty books.

His particular area of interest has been in understanding early Latin American history, through the conquistadors, colonizations, and conquests. His most famous work is Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest. He won the Conference on Latin American History’s 2009 prize for The Black Middle: Africans, Mayas, and Spaniards in Colonial Yucatan.

Restall still writes today. His book, When Montezuma Met Cortés, was released in 2018, and he is now working on a book about Belize. He is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Latin American History and Anthropology and Director of Latin American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses in Latin-American History and The History of Apocalyptic Thought. He also serves as senior editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review and has been an editor for the Ethnohistory journal for a decade.

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According to Wikipedia, Matthew Restall is a historian of Colonial Latin America. He is an ethnohistorian and a scholar of the conquest, colonization, and the African diaspora in the Americas. Restall has areas of specialization in Yucatan and Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. He is a member of the New Philology school of colonial Mexican history and the founder of a related school, the New Conquest History. He is currently Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Latin American History and Anthropology, and Director of Latin American Studies, at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a former president of the American Society for Ethnohistory , a former editor of Ethnohistory journal, a senior editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review, editor of the book series Latin American Originals, and co-editor of the Cambridge Latin American Studies book series. He also writes on the history of popular music.

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