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The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)


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This Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history, religious studies, and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life. Readers meet a people highly skilled in sculpture, astronomy, city planning, poetry, and philosophy, who were also profoundly committed to cosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonial knife and through warfare. Davíd Carrasco looks beyond Spanish accounts that have colored much of the Western narrative to let Aztec voices speak about their origin stories, the cosmic significance of their capital city, their methods of child rearing, and the contributions women made to daily life and the empire. Carrasco discusses the arrival of the Spaniards, contrasts Aztec mythical traditions about the origins of their city with actual urban life in Mesoamerica, and outlines the rise of the Aztec empire. He also explores Aztec religion, which provided both justification for and alternatives to warfare, sacrifice, and imperialism, and he sheds light on Aztec poetry, philosophy, painting, and especially monumental sculpture and architecture. He concludes by looking at how the Aztecs have been portrayed in Western thought, art, film, and literature as well as in Latino culture and arts.

About the Author

Davíd Carrasco is the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard University. For his scholarship in Mesoamerican religions and his work on Mexican American culture he received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The City of Tenochtitlan: Center of The Aztec World

Chapter 2: Aztec Foundations: Aztlan, Cities, Peoples

Chapter 3: Aztec Expansion through Conquest and Trade

Chapter 4: Cosmovision and Human Sacrifice

Chapter 5: Women and Children: Weavers of Life and Precious Necklaces

Chapter 6: Word Play, Philosophy, Sculpture

Chapter 7: The Fall of the Aztecs

Chapter 8: The Return of the Aztecs


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Carrasco, David
Oxford University Press, USA
Carrasco, David
History, World | Central American
World History-Mexico
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10 b/w halftones
4.4 x 6.7 x 0.4 in 0.225 lb

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