Benjamin KeenBenjamin Keen (1913–2002) was an American historian specialising in the history of colonial Latin America.
Keen received his PhD from Yale and taught at Amherst College, West Virginia University, and Jersey State College before joining Northern Illinois University in 1965. He retired in 1981. In 1985 he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Conference of Latin American History.
His first work was ''Latin American Civilization: History and Society: 1492 to the Present'', first published in 1955 and appearing in its seventh edition in 2000. Another textbook published in six editions was his ''A History of Latin America''. In ''Aztec Image in Western Thought'' he documents how Western intellectuals have changed their views of the Aztec culture since the first years of conquest and until modern times. He also examined how Western historiography have interpreted Christopher Columbus and Bartolomé de Las Casas since the fifteenth century. He also published translations of the chronicle of the 16th-century Spanish judge Alonso de Zorita in ''Life and Labor in Ancient Mexico: The Brief and Summary Relation of the Lords of New Spain'' and of Fernando Columbus’ ''The Life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus''.
He was also known as a debater of historiography, and participated in a famous exchange with historian Lewis Hanke where he accused the latter of having gone too far in his debunking of the Spanish Black Legend - the historiographic tradition exaggerating the cruelty of the Spanish Colonial empire - and instead having participated in the creation of a White Legend. Provided by Wikipedia
The life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus by his son, Ferdinand. Translated and annotated by Benjamin Keen.
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