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The Incas (Peoples of America)

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Publisher Comments:

The great empire of the Incas at its height encompassed an area of western South America comparable in size to the Roman Empire in Europe. This book describes and explains its extraordinary progress from a remote Andean settlement near Lake Titicaca to its rapid demise six centuries later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors.

  • A bold new history by the world's leading expert on Incan civilization.

  • Covers the entire Andean region, five countries and ten million people.

  • Heavily illustrated with maps, figures, and photographs.

Book News Annotation:

Integrating information from archaeological sources as well as historical commentaries and research from explorers, eyewitnesses, and scholars—D'Altry (anthropology, Columbia U.) provides a comprehensive picture of the Inca empire, which, at its height, was comparable in size to the Roman Empire in Europe. He looks first at the region and its cultures and politics before the rise of the empire and examines how it arose. Then he writes about its functioning—rulers, administration, family structure, ideology, and economy—and the reasons for its demise at the hands of the Spaniards in the 16th century. The book is amply illustrated by figures and maps.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The great empire of the Incas at its height encompassed an area of western South America comparable in size to the Roman Empire in Europe. This book describes and explains its extraordinary progress from a remote Andean settlement near Lake Titicaca to its rapid demise six centuries later.

About the Author

Terence N. D'Altroy is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, Director of the Columbia Center for Archaeology, and the world's leading Inca specialist. He is the author of Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992), co-author, with Christine A. Hastorf, of Empire and Domestic Economy (2001), and co-editor of Empires (2001).

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Plates.

List of Tables.

Preface.

1. Introduction.

2. The Land and its People.

3. The Incas before the Empire.

4. The Rise 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.

9. Militarism.

10. Provincial Rule.

11. Farmers, Herders, and Storehouses.

12. Artisans and Artistry.

13. Invasion and Aftermath.

Glossary.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631176770
Author:
D'Altroy, Terence N.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Location:
Malden, Mass.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Incas
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Archaeology of The Americas
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Peoples of America
Series Volume:
00-07
Publication Date:
20020320
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
391
Dimensions:
9.28x6.26x1.15 in. 1.57 lbs.

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