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The Aztecs / Edition 2
     

The Aztecs / Edition 2

by Michael E. Smith
 

ISBN-10: 0631230165

ISBN-13: 9780631230168

Pub. Date: 11/11/2002

Publisher: Wiley

This book is a vivid and comprehensive account of the Aztecs, the best-known people of pre-Columbian America. It examines their origins, civilization, and the distinctive realms of Aztec religion, science, and thought. It describes the conquest of their empire by the Spanish, and the fate of their descendants to the present day in Central Mexico, making use of the

Overview

This book is a vivid and comprehensive account of the Aztecs, the best-known people of pre-Columbian America. It examines their origins, civilization, and the distinctive realms of Aztec religion, science, and thought. It describes the conquest of their empire by the Spanish, and the fate of their descendants to the present day in Central Mexico, making use of the results of the latest excavations, historical documentation, and the author's first-hand knowledge. There is also a fascinating and detailed account of the daily life of the Aztec people, including their economy, family life, class system, and food.

This second edition updates the original text with new descriptions of major archaeological sites such as Malinalco and Tlatelolco and expanded coverage of codices, religion, and areas distant from the capital. Dozens of photographs and illustrations have been added for this edition, making this the most informative and up-to-date treatment of Aztec civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631230168
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/11/2002
Series:
Peoples of America Series , #14
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Preface.

Guide to Pronunciation and Spelling.

1. The Aztecs of Mesoamerica.

Who Were the Aztecs?

Mesoamerican Context.

The Aztec Environment.

Sources of Information.

Ethnohistory.

Archaeology.

Aztec Studies Today.

Box: Reading a Ritual Codex.

2. The Rise of Aztec Civilization.

Timetables.

Pre-Aztec Civilizations.

The Aztlan Migrations.

The Growth of City-States: The Early Aztec Period.

Tenochtitlan and Empire: The Late Aztec Period.

BOX: Reading a Historical Codex.

3. People on the Landscape.

How Many Aztecs?

The Aztec Diet.

Farming Systems.

Rural Settlement.

The Rural Landscape.

4. Artisans and their Wares.

Utilitarian Crafts.

Luxury Crafts.

Otumba: an Aztec Craft Center.

5. The Commercial Economy.

Marketplaces.

Merchants.

Money.

Material Evidence for Aztec Commerce.

6. Family and Social Class.

Growing Up Aztec.

Adult Life and Social Roles.

Social Classes.

Commoners.

Nobles and Their Palaces.

7. City-State and Empire.

City-States.

Relations among City-States.

The Empire of the Triple Alliance.

Imperial Strategies and Control.

Mexica Propaganda and the Limits of Empire.

8. Cities and Urban Planning.

City-State Capitals.

Provincial Cities and Towns.

Tenochtitlan.

9. Creation, Death and the Gods.

Myths of Creation.

Aztec Religion: Historical Background.

The Gods.

Death, Burial, and the Afterlife.

10. Temples and Ceremonies.

Priests.

Human Blood Offerings.

The Templo Mayor.

Public Ceremonies.

Private Rituals.

11. Science and Art.

Writing.

Calendars and Astronomy.

Technology.

Medicine.

Art.

Literature and Poetry.

Music and Dance.

12. Final Glory, Conquest and Legacy.

The Final Century, 1428-1519.

Conquest by Spain.

The Nahuas under Spanish Rule.

Continuity and Change.

The Aztec Legacy: Modern Nahua Indian Culture.

The Aztec Past and the Mexican Present.

A Wider Perspective.

Notes.

Glossary of Nahuatl Terms.

References.

Index.

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