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The Aztecs

Author: Richard F Townsend
Publisher: London : Thames and Hudson, 1993, ©1992.
Series: Ancient peoples and places (Thames and Hudson), v. 107.
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Conquistadors. Richard Townsend presents the first fully rounded portrait of the Aztecs, integrating military, economic and symbolic approaches to reconcile the apparently contradictory aspects of their culture. He begins with a dramatic narrative of the Spanish conquest and then charts the rise of the Aztecs from humble nomads to empire builders. He shows how war and human sacrifice did indeed act as instruments of
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard F Townsend
ISBN: 0500021139 9780500021132 0500277206 9780500277201
OCLC Number: 27825022
Description: 224 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I : The conquest of Mexico: no.1. The arrival of the strangers: The expedition of Hernan Cortes --
Motecuhzoma's embassy --
Tenochtitlan --
no.2. The fall of the Aztec empire: The death of Motecuhzoma --
Storming the great pyramid --
The siege and surrender of Tenochtitlan. Part II : Immigrants, settlers, and the first state: no.3. Urban traditions and tribal peoples: The Toltec precedent --
The migrants: Chichimecs, Acolhua, Tepanecs, and Mexica --
The Mexica --
no.4. The birth of an empire: The Tepanec expansion --
The sacrifice of Maxtla --
The triple alliance. Part III : The climax of empire: no.5. New conquests, new strategies: The chinampa district --
Networks of tribute --
Alliances, clients, and kinship connections --
Netzahualcoyotl's "legalist" system --
no.6. The great expansion: The reign of Motecuhzoma I --
Early imperial monuments --
The reign of Axayacatl: expansion and defeat --
Failure and rebellion under Tizoc --
Ahuizotl's reign: expansion and renewal --
Motecuhzoma II, the last independent ruler. Part IV: Aztec religion and beliefs: no.7. The Aztec symbolic world: The Aztec deities --
The concept of teotl --
The myths of creation --
The ritual calendar --
no.8. Sacred landscapes: The new fire rites --
The mountains of life: Mt. Tlaloc and Tetzcotzingo --
The great pyramid at Tenochtitlan. Part V : The Aztec way of life: no.9. The family and education: Birth and childhood --
Schools and education --
Poetic language, music, and dance --
Marriage --
no.10. Farmers, traders, and artisans: An ancient agricultural tradition --
Chinampas, terraces, and experimental gardens --
The fruits of the earth: Aztec diet --
The markets of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco --
Arts and crafts --
Long-distance traders --
no.11. Priests, warriors, and kings: The priests: servants of the gods --
The warriors --
Aztec kingship: a tlatoani takes office --
no.12. Epilogue --
Annual ceremonies of the Aztecs.
Series Title: Ancient peoples and places (Thames and Hudson), v. 107.
Responsibility: Richard F. Townsend.

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Conquistadors. Richard Townsend presents the first fully rounded portrait of the Aztecs, integrating military, economic and symbolic approaches to reconcile the apparently contradictory aspects of their culture. He begins with a dramatic narrative of the Spanish conquest and then charts the rise of the Aztecs from humble nomads to empire builders. He shows how war and human sacrifice did indeed act as instruments of terror, but also how their deeper significance lay in.

The Aztec belief that the shedding of human blood ensured fertility of the land and renewal of the seasons. Chapters on the ancient deities and festival calendar, the New Fire ceremony and sacred rain-mountains, as well as kingship rites, explore this all-pervading theme in Aztec society of physical and spiritual regeneration. The Aztecs ranges from the everyday life of farmers and priests, artisans and kings, to the sinister spying activities of Aztec traders; from the.

Making of chocolate to battle tactics. Recent discoveries from archaeological excavations are interwoven with the latest results from studies of the monuments, Spanish records and illustrated codices to produce a fresh and definitive new history of a remarkable people.

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