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The Incas
     

The Incas

by Craig Morris, Adriana von Hagen
 

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ISBN-10: 0500289441

ISBN-13: 9780500289440

Pub. Date: 02/06/2012

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

In less than a century the Incas rose from obscure origins to build one of the largest empires of the ancient world.At its zenith it extended northward from the Inca capital Cuzco along the spine of the Andes to embrace most of modern Peru and Ecuador, and southward into Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. The sheer scale of the empire, coupled with the challenges of

Overview

In less than a century the Incas rose from obscure origins to build one of the largest empires of the ancient world.At its zenith it extended northward from the Inca capital Cuzco along the spine of the Andes to embrace most of modern Peru and Ecuador, and southward into Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. The sheer scale of the empire, coupled with the challenges of the rugged landscape, made the Inca achievement truly remarkable.This is the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of the Incas: their politics, economics, religion, architecture, art, and technology. The authors look in detail at the four parts of the empire, exploring not just famous sites such as Machu Picchu but all the major regional settlements. The book concludes with the end of the empire: the arrival of the Spaniards, the assassination of the Inca ruler Atawallpa, and the final years of the rebellious, neo-Inca state in the tropical forests of Vilcabamba.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500289440
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
02/06/2012
Series:
Ancient Peoples and Places Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
886,231
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Prologue: The Road to Chachapoyas 9

1 Introduction: Land of the Four Quarters 12

2 The Birth and Growth of Tawantinsuyu 20

Wari and Tiwanaku: setting the stage for the Incas 20

The pre-imperial Cusco valley 22

Inca myths of origin and expansion 25

The king list 28

Empire-building 31

3 The Principles of Inca Statecraft: Feared Warriors, Generous Rulers 32

Organizing an empire 32

The memory of things 34

War and ritual war as tactics of expansion 37

Specialized soldiers: the Cañari and Chachapoya 40

Mitmaq: a patchwork of interspersed colonies 42

Royal generosity, service, and loyalty 42

Roads and cities: the infrastructure of rule 43

Religion as statecraft 44

Ties that bind: kings, kinship, and royal alliances 45

The four parts: an empire united by division 47

4 The Wealth of the Empire: Land, Labor, and the Worth of Goods 48

Reciprocity as an exchange system 48

Seasonal and full-time labor 57

Terraces, breweries, and warehouses 61

Cloth, shells, silver, and gold 62

5 Religion and Ideology: The Sun, the Moon, the Oracles, the Ancestors 65

"Glad words"-the voice of oracles 66

Imperial sun temples 66

The revered ancestors 68

The sacred origins of kingship 70

Astronomy and the ritual calendar 70

Imperial rites and sacred occasions 73

Processions, networks, and order 74

The end of imperial religion 76

6 Technology and the Arts: Architects, Potters, Weavers, and Smiths 77

Building temples, palaces, terraces, and storehouses 82

Storehouses for the realm 85

Quarrying and working sacred stones 86

Achieving the fit 88

Linking the empire: roads and bridges 91

Imperial tableware 97

Fine garments and emblems of rank 98

Metalworking: glitter of the sun, glow of the moon 100

7 Cusco: Capital of the Realm 102

The conceptual plan 104

Pachakuti the architect? 104

A sacred city 113

The ceremonial core 114

Town palaces 118

The golden enclosure 119

The royal mummies 122

The temple-fortress 124

Royal country estates 127

8 Chinchaysuyu: Land of the Setting Sun and the Sacred Shell 133

The route of the setting sun 133

Vilcaswaman: city at a pivotal junction 137

Lodgings before the descent 140

A city coded in brilliant colors 142

An oracle by the sea 144

Inkawasi: a new Cusco 147

Southern coastal Chinchaysuyu 148

Pachacamac: the lord of earthquakes 151

The route of the gods 152

A junction on the Qhapaq Ñan 153

Huánuco Pampa 155

North to Huamachuco 169

Cajamarca: strategic entrepot 169

The kingdom of Chimor 170

Chachapoyas: cloud forest crossroads 174

Strategic corridor into Ecuador 176

Far northern Tawantinsuyu: land of the sacred shell 178

Tumibamba: a new Cusco 179

Gateways to the sacred shell 182

Chains of forts 184

Northernmost Tawantinsuyu 185

9 Antisuyu: The Road to Machu Picchu and Beyond 186

Early tropical forest conquests 186

A city of stairways 190

The gateway to Vilcabamba 196

Empire in exile 199

10 Qollasuyu and Kuntisuyu: Herds, Metals, and Mountains of Sacrifice 210

Places of imperial origin 212

On the road to Qollasuyu 216

The lake kingdoms 219

The warm foothills and the jungle frontier 220

Southern Qollasuyu's mineral wealth 223

West through Kuntisuyu 225

Qollasuyu in Chile: mines and farmland 228

Human offerings to sacred peaks 230

Why were Chinchaysuyu and Qollasuyu different? 233

11 The Fall: Bearded Men from across the Sea 234

Foreign disease 234

A tragic encounter 235

The clash of empires 236

New-found wealth 238

Inca resistance and decline 240

Notes 242

Further Reading 245

Sources of Illustrations 252

Index 253

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