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The Aztecs

Author: Michael E Smith
Publisher: Malden, Mass. ; Oxford : Blackwell Pub., ©2003.
Series: Peoples of America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats

A vivid and comprehensive account of the Aztecs, the best-known people of pre-Columbian America. This book examines their origins, civilization, and the distinctive realms of Aztec religion, science,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael E Smith
ISBN: 0631230157 9780631230151 0631230165 9780631230168
OCLC Number: 59452395
Notes: Previous edition: 1996.
Description: xviii, 367 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of Figures.List of Tables.Preface.Guide to Pronunciation and Spelling.1. The Aztecs of Mesoamerica:Who Were the Aztecs?Mesoamerican Context.The Aztec Environment.Sources of Information.Ethnohistory.Archaeology.Aztec Studies Today.Box: Reading a Ritual Codex.2. The Rise of Aztec Civilization:Timetables.Pre-Aztec Civilizations.The Aztlan Migrations.The Growth of City-States: The Early Aztec Period.Tenochtitlan and Empire: The Late Aztec Period.BOX: Reading a Historical Codex.3. People on the Landscape:How Many Aztecs?The Aztec Diet.Farming Systems.Rural Settlement.The Rural Landscape.4. Artisans and their Wares:Utilitarian Crafts.Luxury Crafts.Otumba: an Aztec Craft Center.5. The Commercial Economy:Marketplaces.Merchants.Money.Material Evidence for Aztec Commerce.6. Family and Social Class:Growing Up Aztec.Adult Life and Social Roles.Social Classes.Commoners.Nobles and Their Palaces.7. City-State and Empire:City-States.Relations among City-States.The Empire of the Triple Alliance.Imperial Strategies and Control.Mexica Propaganda and the Limits of Empire.8. Cities and Urban Planning:City-State Capitals.Provincial Cities and Towns.Tenochtitlan.9. Creation, Death and the Gods:Myths of Creation.Aztec Religion: Historical Background.The Gods.Death, Burial, and the Afterlife.10. Temples and Ceremonies:Priests.Human Blood Offerings.The Templo Mayor.Public Ceremonies.Private Rituals.11. Science and Art:Writing.Calendars and Astronomy.Technology.Medicine.Art.Literature and Poetry.Music and Dance.12. Final Glory, Conquest and Legacy:The Final Century, 1428-1519.Conquest by Spain.The Nahuas under Spanish Rule.Continuity and Change.The Aztec Legacy: Modern Nahua Indian Culture.The Aztec Past and the Mexican Present.A Wider Perspective.Notes.Glossary of Nahuatl Terms.References.Index.
Series Title: Peoples of America.
Responsibility: Michael E. Smith.
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