War And Society In Ancient Mesoamerica

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In this study of warfare in ancient Mesoamerica, Ross Hassig offers new insight into three thousand years of Mesoamerican history, from roughly 1500 B.C. to the Spanish conquest. He examines the methods, purposes, and values of warfare as practiced by the major pre-Columbian societies and shows how warfare affected the rise of the state.
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Overview


In this study of warfare in ancient Mesoamerica, Ross Hassig offers new insight into three thousand years of Mesoamerican history, from roughly 1500 B.C. to the Spanish conquest. He examines the methods, purposes, and values of warfare as practiced by the major pre-Columbian societies and shows how warfare affected the rise of the state.
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Hassig (anthropology, Univ. of Oklahoma-Norman) traces the development of military technology among the societies of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica from the Olmecs to the Aztecs. Each succeeding culture/empire had greater population density, more effective weapons and military organization, and a greater range of influence. Four empires receive the greatest attention: the Olmecs, Teotihuacan, the Toltecs, and the Aztecs. Although the chronological appearance of weapons such as the maquahuitl (obsidian-bladed broadsword) is noted, Hassig is more concerned with the life cycles of empires than a history of events. He shows militarism to be inevitable in the rise of a powerful state. Though he devotes little space to the religious aspects of Mexican warfare, he effectively contrasts aristocratic and meritocratic societies, showing that meritocracies like the Aztecs can field larger armies. Extensive footnotes and a bibliography fill more than 40 percent of the text. Recommended for academic and large public libraries with strong Latin American or anthropology collections.-- Ken St. Andre, Phoenix P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520077348
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/1992
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Approach to War 1
2 The Rise of Warfare in Mesoamerica 12
3 Warfare and the Spread of States 30
4 Teotihuacan and the Integration of Mesoamerica 45
5 The Impact Beyond the Empire 62
6 The Fall of Teotihuacan and Its Aftermath 82
7 The Late Classic Interregnum 94
8 The Reintegration of Mesoamerica 110
9 The Aztec Era 135
10 Patterns of Warfare in Mesoamerica 165
Notes 181
References 261
Index 313
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