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|Spanish to English translations [PRO]|
Social Sciences - History / Literature; Caribbean historiography
|Spanish term or phrase: Gran Proeza|
|Does this phrase, capitalized, have some specific significance that I'm missing? |
The text is a scholarly work on Caribbean historiography. The author suggests that in the works of Spanish historians (Pedro Mártir, Oviedo, Las Casas) of the Colonial period,
"Los héroes son los Estados o sus delegados. Sus "hazañas" son: la conquista, la fundación de los centros del poder metropolitano, la creación de las instituciones de gobierno colonial..., y, finalmente, la defensa de los territorios conquistados ante las amenazas de todo tipo --ataques de los "caribes", sublevaciones indígenas, rebeliones de esclavos africanos, agresiones de las potencias enemigas--. Su ***Gran Proeza,*** en fin, fue la conquista del trópico; en consecuencia, sus gestores son presentados como agentes civilizadores."
Is this just "noble deed," "masterwork," "great achievement"? If so, why is it capitalized? Is the phrase used in literary analysis? Or am I looking for the fifth leg of the cat?
I think he capitalises the phrase to distance himself in a slightly ironic way from those (presumably imperialistic) historians he is talking about. Modern historians rather look down on the old what they call "Great Man" version of history, for example, and Sellar & Yeatman in 1066 And All That famously satirised the historical discourse of their day by classifiying events as either A Good Thing or A Bad Thing. I think it's capitalised rather in this spirit and would preserve the capitalisation in English translation. Great Achievement strikes me as being as good as any equivalent.
I hope that helps - and may all your cats have four legs!
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