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The Aztecs of Central Mexicoby Frances F. Berdan
Synopses & Reviews
Who were the Aztecs, really? AZTECS OF CENTRAL MEXICO: AN IMPERIAL SOCIETY answers that question by covering the compelling story of a complex, imperial society in Central Mexico during the 15th and 16th centuries. It uses pre- and post-Spanish conquest documents and illustrations, as well as archaeological discoveries, to reconstruct the variety and "feel" of Aztec daily life at various status levels.
Book News Annotation:
Berdan (California State U. at San Bernardino) presents an ethnographic reconstruction of Aztec culture in the period immediately preceding the arrival Spanish conquistadors. The work relies primarily on Nahautl and Spanish documentary sources produced at the time of and shortly after the conquest. Over the course of seven chapters, Aztec economic organization, social structure and dynamics, daily life, imperial politics and wars, religious organization and beliefs, and intellectual and artistic achievements are examined. An eighth and final chapter discusses the consequences of the arrival of the Spanish.
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Berdan's book covers the compelling story of a complex, imperial society in Central Mexico during the 15th and 16th centuries. It uses pre- and post-Spanish conquest documents and illustrations, as well as archaeological discoveries, to reconstruct the variety and "feel" of Aztec daily life at various status levels. The strength of Berdan's case study has always been its ethnographic perspective.
About the Author
Frances Berdan received her B.A. degree in geography at Michigan State University in 1965 and her Ph.D. degree in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. She has a long career in both ethnographic and archaeological field research, working in the American Southwest and Mexico. Berdan's research interests include ethnographic research in a Mexican peasant community, and archival and ethnographic research on the Aztecs and Spanish conquest in Mexico City and Seville, Spain. Berdan is currently a professor of anthropology and the coordinator of the Latin American Studies Program at California State University, San Bernardino.
Table of Contents
1. Mexico and Mexica. 2. Economic Organization. 3. Social Structure and Dynamics. 4. Daily Life. 5. Imperial Politics and Warfare. 6. Religious Organization and Beliefs. 7. Intellectual and Artistic Achievements. 8. The Consequences of Conquest.
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