In Conquistador, Buddy Levy provides a detailed and compelling analysis of the m

In Conquistador, Buddy Levy provides a detailed and compelling analysis of the many different factors that enabled Hernan Cortes to conquer the mighty sixteenth-century Aztec empire.  In your introduction you should explain the historical context of the book, and identify the key points of Levy’s thesis on the factors (e.g., gunpowder) that enabled a small number of Spanish soldiers to defeat one of the largest empires in the world.  His thesis need not be reduced to a single sentence, so you should feel free to identify a number of factors.  This should be about a half page.
In the second part of your paper, you need to explain SPECIFIC examples of how each of the factors you identified in your introduction contributed to Aztec defeat.  For example, I identified gunpowder as a factor.  In your analysis, you should go beyond a simple assertion that the Spanish used gunpowder, and explain how it was used in SPECIFIC battles described in Levy’s book.  You should then do the same for each of the factors that you identified in the intro.  This section will take up the bulk of your paper and should be 3-4 pages. 
In your conclusion, explain your reaction to the book.  Do you think that Levy presented a compelling argument?  Did he provide enough details to convince you that his arguments were sound?  Did you enjoy the book?  What did you like and/or dislike?  What could he have done to improve it?
Your paper should be 4-5 double-spaced pages written in a 12 point font.  Do NOT plagiarize.  I have encountered plagiarized papers too often, and the penalties are steep.  If you are quoting from the book, make sure that you put it in quotations marks and provide the page number in parentheses after the quote.  Also, submit your work on time.  It is due at 6;00 p.m. on 12/13. Since we will be discussing the book on the 13th, papers submitted after class will be penalized.  Submitting a book critique after it has been discussed in class is an unfair advantage, so make sure you get it in by the deadline. 

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