Ancient Civilizations Of The New World / Edition 1

Ancient Civilizations Of The New World / Edition 1

by Richard Ew Adams
     
 


In this concise, yet sweeping look at the origins and development of ancient New World civilizations, Richard Adams provides a superb introductory overview of these unique and fascinating cultures. Incorporating the latest breakthroughs in the study of the cultures of Mesoamerica and the Andes, Adams examines the development of the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca… See more details below

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In this concise, yet sweeping look at the origins and development of ancient New World civilizations, Richard Adams provides a superb introductory overview of these unique and fascinating cultures. Incorporating the latest breakthroughs in the study of the cultures of Mesoamerica and the Andes, Adams examines the development of the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca peoples, among others, from simple agricultural societies to urban civilizations with complex transportation networks, distinct social hierarchies, rich artistic and religious traditions, and writing systems that have defied anthropological investigation until recently.The question of why these thriving cultures collapsed so suddenly when faced with the European conquest is explored, as are comparisons with ancient Old World civilizations of the Middle East and Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813313832
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/20/1997
Series:
Essays in World History Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
0.40(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1290L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Complex Cultures, Cities, and a Rapid Survey of the Earliest Old World Civilizations1
Old World Pristine Civilizations4
Summary and Discussion21
2Mesoamerica: Origins and Early Civilizations25
Laying the Basis for Civilization: 7000-1500 B.C.27
The Olmec of the Gulf Coast30
The Izapan Group of Cultures35
The Origins of Civilization in the Valleys of Mexico and Oaxaca37
The Maya Lowlands39
Teotihuacan43
Monte Alban and the Classic Zapotecs of Oaxaca49
Classic Maya Civilization53
3Mesoamerica: Transformations and the Late Civilizations59
Catastrophe, Disasters, Recoveries, and Transformations59
Late Classic Maya Civilization and the Great Collapse63
El Tajin: A Transitional Regional Civilization67
Tula and the Toltecs68
Late Maya Civilizations75
Zapotecs and Mixtecs in Oaxaca77
The Tarascans of Western Mexico79
The Totonac of the Gulf Coast81
The Aztecs and Their Empire82
4The Central Andes of South America: Origins and Early Civilizations91
Geography91
Earliest Inhabitants and Cultures92
Early Villages and Regional Centers (5500-2000 B.C.)95
Growth and Transformations (2000-800 B.C.)98
The Early Horizon (Chavin)101
Early Civilizations: Moche, Nazca, the Central Coast, and Tiwanaku (200 B.C.-A.D. 600)104
5The Central Andes of South America: Late Civilizations and the Inca111
Fall and Transformation on the North Coast111
The Huari Empire112
The Chimu Kingdom and Chan Chan113
Inca Civilization117
Epilogue131
References135
About the Book and Author147
Index149

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