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The Nahuas after the conquest : a social and cultural history of the Indians of central Mexico, sixteenth through eighteenth centuries

Author: James Lockhart
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1992.
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Focuses on the Nahua Indians of Central Mexico (often called Aztecs). This book intends to throw light on the history of Nahua society and culture through the use of records in Nahuatl, concentrating  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Lockhart
ISBN: 0804719276 9780804719278 0804723176 9780804723176
OCLC Number: 24283718
Description: xv, 650 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction. Views of Postconquest Nahua History. Uses of Language. Some Dimensions and Attributes of the Book. Debts and Affinities --
2. Altepetl. Basic Principles of Altepetl Organization. Complex Altepetl. The Sixteenth-Century Reorganization. Town Government and Structure in the Later Colonial Period --
3. Household. Terminology and Constitution of the Household Complex. The Vocabulary of Kinship. Hints of Household Interaction --
4. Social Differentiation. Commoners. Nobles, Lords, and Rulers. General Changes in the Postconquest Era. The Evolution of Naming Patterns. The Persistence of an Upper Group --
5. Land and Living. Land Tenure at Contact. Land in Postconquest Times. Economic Life and Material Culture --
6. Religious Life. Religion and the Politics of the Altepetl. The Church People. Cofradias. The Church as Personal Property. Saints. The Question of Beliefs --
7. Language. Stage 1. Stage 2. Stage 3. "Stage 4" --
8. Ways of Writing. Preconquest Writing. The Introduction of Spanish-Style Writing. Postconquest Pictographic Writing. Alphabetic Writing. From Pictographic to Alphabetic. Preconquest Modes in Alphabetic Texts. The Evolution of the Spanish Documentary Genres in Nahuatl --
9. Forms of Expression. Annals. Songs. Theater. Titles. A Glimpse at Art and Architecture --
10. Conclusion. The Stages. Some Aspects of Organization in Nahua Culture. The Nature of Cultural Interaction. Perspectives --
Appendix A. Four Nahuatl Documents --
Appendix B. Molina's Model Testament.
Responsibility: James Lockhart.
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