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The Incas (Peoples of America)by Terence N. D'altroy
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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 small Andean society in southern Peru to its rapid demise little more than a century later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors.
The Incas is the first book fully to synthesize history and archaeology in a sweeping exploration of the entire empire from Chile to Ecuador. The author explains how the Incas drew from millennia of cultural developments to mould a diverse land into a dynamic, powerful, and yet fragile polity. From this integrated perspective, The Incas profoundly rethinks the nature of imperial formation, ideology, and social, economic, and political relations in Inca society.
Illustrated with numerous maps and photographys, this scholarly yet accessible book should become the new standard account of the most impressive of the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -376) and index.
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.
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.
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.
10. Provincial Rule.
11. Farmers, Herders, and Storehouses.
12. Artisans and Artistry.
13. Invasion and Aftermath.
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