The Incas / Edition 1

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Overview

The great empire of the Incas at its height encompassed an area of western South America comparable in size to the Roman Empire in Europe. This book describes and explains its extraordinary progress from a remote Andean settlement near Lake Titicaca to its rapid demise six centuries later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors.
  • A bold new history by the world's leading expert on Incan civilization.
  • Covers the entire Andean region, five countries and ten million people.
  • Heavily illustrated with maps, figures, and photographs.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Transforms the field of Inca studies." Gary Urton, Harvard University

"There have been many syntheses of the Inca culture of the Central Andes of South America, but this one, by the leader in Inca studies, surpasses them all." Choice

"[D'Altroy] is recognised as an outstanding and well-published scholar on the provinces of the Inca Empire. I highly recommend this excellent synthesis of Inca studies ... for its comparative empire insights ... its smooth and lively narrative style and for the critical discussion of the abundant historical and archaeological sources on the Inca empire." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

From the Publisher

"Transforms the field of Inca studies." Gary Urton, Harvard University

"There have been many syntheses of the Inca culture of the Central Andes of South America, but this one, by the leader in Inca studies, surpasses them all." Choice

"[D'Altroy] is recognised as an outstanding and well-published scholar on the provinces of the Inca Empire. I highly recommend this excellent synthesis of Inca studies ... for its comparative empire insights ... its smooth and lively narrative style and for the critical discussion of the abundant historical and archaeological sources on the Inca empire." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

J Richardson
There have been many syntheses of the Inca culture of the Central Andes of South America, but this one, by the leader in Inca studies, surpasses them all. The book is organized in 13 chapters, with the first two discussing the history of Inca studies, the myriad environments in the Inca empire from coast to high Andean valleys to tropical forest, and pre-Inca origins. Chapters 3 and 4 recount the development of the Inca from a local power in the Cuzco region to the largest empire in the New World. Chapters 5-8 focus on the Inca political system and the empire's organization into four geographic quarters; the Inca imperial capital at Cuzco and royal estates such as Machu Picchu; Inca religion; and Inca social systems. Chapters 9-11 describe the spread and domination of their realm through a strong military and the establishment of provincial administrative and storage centers connected by 40,000 kilometers of roads. Chapter 12 investigates Inca ceramic, textile, and metal artistry, while Chapter 13 discusses the collapse of the Inca empire through the 1532 Spanish invasion and the legacy of Inca culture found today among Andean peoples. This marvelous book is suitable for general readers, students, and researchers/faculty at all levels.
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Booknews
Integrating information from archaeological sources as well as historical commentaries and research from explorers, eyewitnesses, and scholars<-->D'Altry (anthropology, Columbia U.) provides a comprehensive picture of the Inca empire, which, at its height, was comparable in size to the Roman Empire in Europe. He looks first at the region and its cultures and politics before the rise of the empire and examines how it arose. Then he writes about its functioning<-->rulers, administration, family structure, ideology, and economy<-->and the reasons for its demise at the hands of the Spaniards in the 16th century. The book is amply illustrated by figures and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405116763
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Peoples of America Series , #8
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 588,038
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Terence N. D'Altroy is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, Director of the Columbia Center for Archaeology, and the world's leading Inca specialist. He is the author of Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992), co-author, with Christine A. Hastorf, of Empire and Domestic Economy (2001), and co-editor of Empires (2001).
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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Plates.

List of Tables.

Preface.

1. Introduction.

2. The Land and its People.

3. The Incas before the Empire.

4. The Rise of the Empire: Narrative Visions.

5. The Politics of Blood in Cuzco.

6. The Heartland of the Empire.

7. Inca Ideology: Powers of the Sky and Earth, Past and Present.

8. Family, Community, and Class.

9. Militarism.

10. Provincial Rule.

11. Farmers, Herders, and Storehouses.

12. Artisans and Artistry.

13. Invasion and Aftermath.

Glossary.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index

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    Well-Written, Readable, and Richly Detailed

    The Incas is a very detailed and enlightening view into the world of the Incas. The book is well researched and and appropriate for anyone looking to go beyond the tales of Machu Picchu and the Spanish Conquest.

    D'Altroy uses a wealth of resources to detail the lives and existence of the Incas - day-to-day living, military and family structures, economy, etc.

    The writing is comfortable enough for even the non-academic.

    Highly recommended.

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