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For over 400 years, de Betanzos's work was known only in an 18-chapter fragment, but recently the translators of this volume have discovered the complete manuscript. Their translation and compilation of several old variants provides the most accurate and intelligible version available of de Betanzos's narrative. . . . This translation is a triumph of historical scholarship and a treasure for scholars . . . — Library Journal Betanzos was probably the only chronicler who understood the real nature of the Inca political system. . . . He has a marvelous story to tell, especially about the Spanish conquest from the Inca point of view. — R. Tom Zuidema, author of Inca Civilization in Cuzco

One of the earliest chronicles of the Inca empire was written in the 1550s by Juan de Betanzos. Although scholars have long known of this work, only eighteen chapters were actually available until the 1980s when the remaining sixty-four chapters were discovered in the collection of the Fundacio n Bartolome March in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Narrative of the Incas presents the first complete English translation of the original manuscript of this key document. Although written by a Spaniard, it presents an authentic Inca worldview, drawn from the personal experiences and oral traditions told to Betanzos by his Inca wife, Don a Angelina, and other members of her aristocratic family who lived during the reigns of the last Inca rulers, Huayna Capac Huascar and Atahualpa. Betanzos wrote a history of the Inca empire that focuses on the major rulers and the contributions each one made to the growth of the empire and of Inca culture.

Filled with new insights into Incapolitics, marriage, laws, the calendar, warfare, and other matters, Narrative of the Incas is essential reading for everyone interested in this ancient civilization.

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A distinguished historian, Greene (humanities, Johns Hopkins U.) is also a unique and articulate witness to the evolution of historical studies from a position of sheer event description to its more contemporary extension into the deeper critical studies of methodology and culture. These collected 23 essays chronicle this growth of historiography through Greene's academic research and observation over a 40 year period, attending to the "new" history and its underlying assumptions of inclusivity, the limitations of the national-state paradigm for the study of American colonial history, and the emerging conception of the Atlantic world which has succeeded in undermining the assumed definitions of power early modern studies. Paper edition (unseen), $28.50.
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Synopsis:

One of the earliest chronicles of the Inca empire was written in the 1550s by Juan de Betanzos. Although scholars have long known of this work, only eighteen chapters were actually available until the 1980s when the remaining sixty-four chapters were discovered in the collection of the Fundacion Bartolome March in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Narrative of the Incas presents the first complete English translation of the original manuscript of this key document. Although written by a Spaniard, it presents an authentic Inca worldview, drawn from the personal experiences and oral traditions told to Betanzos by his Inca wife, Dona Angelina, and other members of her aristocratic family who lived during the reigns of the last Inca rulers, Huayna Capac Huascar and Atahualpa. Betanzos wrote a history of the Inca empire that focuses on the major rulers and the contributions each one made to the growth of the empire and of Inca culture.

Filled with new insights into Inca politics, marriage, laws, the calendar, warfare, and other matters, Narrative of the Incas is essential reading for everyone interested in this ancient civilization.

Synopsis:

'Narrative of the Incas' presents the first complete English translation of the original manuscript of this key document. Although written by a Spaniard, it presents an authentic Inca worldview, drawn from the personal experiences and oral translations told to Betanzos by his Inca wife, Dona Angelina, and other members of her aristocratic family who lived during the reigns of the last Inca rulers, Huayna Capac Huascar and Atahualpa. Betanzos wrote a history of the Inca empire that focuses on the major rulers and the contributions each one made to the growth of the empire and of Inca culture.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-313) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292755598
Editor:
Hamilton, Roland
Editor:
Buchanan, Dana
Editor:
Hamilton, Roland
Editor:
Buchanan, Dana
Author:
De Betanzos, Juan
Author:
Betanzos, Juan De
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Location:
Austin :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Indians of south america
Subject:
Peru
Subject:
Incas
Subject:
Indians of South America -- Andes Region -- History.
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Peru History Conquest, 1522-1548.
Subject:
Incas -- History.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
103-34
Publication Date:
19960131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.03x6.06x.93 in. 1.23 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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"Synopsis" by , One of the earliest chronicles of the Inca empire was written in the 1550s by Juan de Betanzos. Although scholars have long known of this work, only eighteen chapters were actually available until the 1980s when the remaining sixty-four chapters were discovered in the collection of the Fundacion Bartolome March in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Narrative of the Incas presents the first complete English translation of the original manuscript of this key document. Although written by a Spaniard, it presents an authentic Inca worldview, drawn from the personal experiences and oral traditions told to Betanzos by his Inca wife, Dona Angelina, and other members of her aristocratic family who lived during the reigns of the last Inca rulers, Huayna Capac Huascar and Atahualpa. Betanzos wrote a history of the Inca empire that focuses on the major rulers and the contributions each one made to the growth of the empire and of Inca culture.

Filled with new insights into Inca politics, marriage, laws, the calendar, warfare, and other matters, Narrative of the Incas is essential reading for everyone interested in this ancient civilization.

"Synopsis" by , 'Narrative of the Incas' presents the first complete English translation of the original manuscript of this key document. Although written by a Spaniard, it presents an authentic Inca worldview, drawn from the personal experiences and oral translations told to Betanzos by his Inca wife, Dona Angelina, and other members of her aristocratic family who lived during the reigns of the last Inca rulers, Huayna Capac Huascar and Atahualpa. Betanzos wrote a history of the Inca empire that focuses on the major rulers and the contributions each one made to the growth of the empire and of Inca culture.
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