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Ancient Civilizations Of The New World / Edition 1

Ancient Civilizations Of The New World / Edition 1

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In this concise, yet sweeping look at the origins and development of ancient New World civilizations, Richard Adams provides a superb introductory overview of these unique and fascinating cultures. Incorporating the latest breakthroughs in the study of the cultures of Mesoamerica and the Andes, Adams examines the development of the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca peoples, among others, from simple agricultural societies to urban civilizations with complex transportation networks, distinct social hierarchies, rich artistic and religious traditions, and writing systems that have defied anthropological investigation until recently.The question of why these thriving cultures collapsed so suddenly when faced with the European conquest is explored, as are comparisons with ancient Old World civilizations of the Middle East and Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813313832
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 08/20/1997
Series: Essays in World History Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)

About the Author

Richard E.W. Adams is professor of anthropology at the University of Texas. His many scholarly publications include Prehistoric Mesoamerica.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Complex cultures, cities, and a rapid survey of the earliest old world civilizations — 2 Mesoamerica: Origins and early civilizations — 3 Mesoamerica: Transformations and the late civilazations — 4 The central andes of south America: origins and Early civilizations — 5 The central Andes of south america: late civilizations and the Inca — Epilogue

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