From the Publisher
"Of the many overviews of the Aztecs, this is the first to break from the traditional focus on the nobility and on urban life in Tenochtitlan. Within the framework provided by the chronicles and by monument archaeology, Smith summarizes the results of archaeological research conducted largely in the past 30 years into the everyday lives of ordinary people in the villages, hamlets, and farmsteads from many regions of central Mexico. His method permits a fresh view of such topics as agricultural methods, population size, market system, relations between city-states and the empire, and even human sacrifice. This most comprehensive survey to date on the Aztecs belongs in libraries." Library Journal
"... no introductory volume on this subject is more reliable overall; in a field in which beginners are all too often misled by their guides, Smith shows welcome restraint and rare common sense." English Historical Review
"A compelling reinterpretation of the standard history of the Aztec empire.' Booklist
"An engaging read. I recommend it to anyone interested in the Aztecs, both general readers like myself (approaching the subject for the first time) and those with some background in the area seeking an overview." Danny Yee's Book Reviews
What People are saying about this
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"Michael Smith draws on ethnohistory and the most recent archaeological findings, including his own first-hand investigations, to update his comprehensive account of the Aztecs. The Aztecs provides a valuable overview for scholars and an accessible text for students."
- Deborah L. Nichols, Dartmouth College
"Top archaeologist Michael Smith combines the latest archaeological research outside the imperial capital with insights from the ethnohistorical sources to present a well-balanced and dynamic view of Aztec society."
- Elizabeth Boone, Tulane University