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The Incas provides the first book to fully synthesize history and archeology in an exploration of the entire empire from Chile to Ecuador. Drawing from commentaries and research by hundreds of chroniclers, explorers, and scholars, the author explains how the Incas drew from millennia of cultural developments to mould a diverse land into a dynamic, powerful, and yet fragile polity. From this integrated perspective, The Incas profoundly rethinks the nature of imperial formation, ideology, and social, economic, and political relations in Inca society.
Illustrated with numerous maps and photographs, this scholarly yet accessible book should become the new standard account of the most impressive of the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas.
About the Author
Terence N. D’Altroy is Loubat Professor of AmericanArchaeology in the Department of Anthropology and founding Directorof the Center for Archaeology at Columbia University in the City ofNew York. During more than 40 years of archaeological research, hehas worked in the central highlands, Cuzco region and coast ofPeru, in Argentina, the United States, and Mexico. His publicationsinclude Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992),Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History(co-editor, 2001), and The Incas: Inside an American Empire(2004).
Table of Contents
|List of Figures.|
|List of Plates.|
|List of Tables.|
|2. The Land and its People.|
|3. The Incas before the Empire.|
|4. The History 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.|
|10. Provincial Rule.|
|11. Farmers, Herders, and Storehouses.|
|12. Artisans and Artistry.|
|13. Invasion and Aftermath.|
|Glossary of Foreign Terms.|
What People are Saying About This
This book is an exciting and comprehensive new synthesis of ethnohistoric, archeological, and geographic information about the largest and most highly centralized pre-Columbian polity in the Americas. This work has unusually wide appeal because of its explicitly comparative perspective - relating the Andean specifics to general ideas about how ancient empires developed and changed in many other parts of the world. It is a major substantive and theoretical contribution.
Terence D'Altroy's book The Incas will transform the field of Inca studies and have a major impact on pre-Columbian Andean studies. Here, for the first time, is a clear, thoughtful, and comprehensive accounting of virtually everything to do with Inca civilization - from the description of life in rural villages on the borders of the empire to the recounting of state rituals in the Inca capital, Cuzco. Remarkably, D'Altroy has also succeeded in characterizing fairly and in an informative way the different and often highly contested interpretations and representations of Inca society, political economy, and religious life, as well as providing valuable information and perspectives on the conquest and early colonial transformations of this last great empire of pre-Columbian South America.
"This new edition of Terence D'Altroy's The Incas is themost complete and authoritative account to date of this last, greatempire of Pre-Columbian South America. It will stand for sometime to come as the go-to book to consult for everything you everwanted to know about the Incas and what's more, it's anengaging, enlightening and exciting read!" – Gary Urton,Harvard University
“D’Altroy’s expanded second editionincorporates the latest Inca scholarship along with additionaltopics of interest. It is a masterful work by a leadingexpert, accessible to students and professionals alike.”– Katharina Schreiber, University of California, SantaBarbara
“A comprehensive overview of the Inca Empire. Thereis no other book that even comes close to matching TerenceD’Altory’s scholarship and knowledge.” –Brian Bauer, University of Illinois - Chicago
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.