The Incas

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The Inca Empire's immense territory spanned more than 2,000 miles - from Ecuador to Chile - at the time of the Spanish invasion, yet Inca culture remains largely a mystery. The Incas did not leave pictorial codices and documents in their native language as the Maya and Aztec did and they narrated to Spanish chroniclers just a few of the multiple alternative histories maintained by descendants of various rulers.

In this classic work, Nigel Davies offers a clear view into Inca ...

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Overview


The Inca Empire's immense territory spanned more than 2,000 miles - from Ecuador to Chile - at the time of the Spanish invasion, yet Inca culture remains largely a mystery. The Incas did not leave pictorial codices and documents in their native language as the Maya and Aztec did and they narrated to Spanish chroniclers just a few of the multiple alternative histories maintained by descendants of various rulers.

In this classic work, Nigel Davies offers a clear view into Inca political history, economy, governance, religion, art, architecture, and daily life. The Incas has become a classic in its many years in print; readers and scholars interested in ancient American cultures will relish this paperback edition.

"Readable summary of the history, imperial infrastructure, mechanisms of control and integration, and other unique characteristics of the Inca Empire"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Editorial Reviews

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"While there are many books on the fall of the Inca Empire, there are few that provide a general overview of Inca history and social organization. Davies's volume fills this glaring gap in the literature. . . . The book, which is written in a clear and engaging style . . . will be of value to introductory Andean students and of special importance to those who have had some exposure to Inca prehistory and now want to grapple with complex issues of source materials."
Latin American Antiquity

"A valuable introduction and review of scholarship."
Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"Davies . . . has a particular gift for sympathetic re-creation of the framework of existence in the four societies under review and thus conveys something of what it must have been like to have lived in them."
Times Literary Supplement on Davies's The Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico

Booknews
Ethnohistorian Nigel Davies chronicles early Spanish sources on the Incas and reviews modern scholarship, including recent scientific studies. Covers the political history, economy, administration, religion, art, architecture and daily life of the Incas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870818653
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author


Archaeologist Nigel Davies, Ph.D., has written extensively on the Aztecs and Toltecs, on the origins of the peoples of the New World, including the books The Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico, The Ancient Kingdoms of Peru, The Toltecs, and The Aztecs, and on religious practices throughout America. He has lectured on archaeology at Harvard, Yale, and UCLA.
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Table of Contents

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Prologue
1 In Search of the Past 1
2 The First of the Incas 16
3 The Era of Pachacutec 40
4 The Last Conquerors 64
5 The Inca State 103
6 The Empire and Its Infrastructure 127
7 The Imperial System 150
8 The Decline and Fall 181
Appendix A 211
Notes 217
Bibliography 233
Index 249
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