Synopses & Reviews
is a captivating exploration of the greatest civilization ever seen in the indigenous Americas. Seamlessly drawing on history, archaeology, and ethnography, the book investigates 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.
This thoroughly updated edition integrates advances made in hundreds of new studies covering pre-imperial Inca society; the royal capital of Cuzco; the sacred landscape; royal estates including an extended discussion of Machu Picchu; provincial relations; the khipu information-recording technology; languages, time frames, gender relations, effects on human biology, and daily life.
New to this edition is a fascinating investigation of Inca notions of life and death, space-time, causality, philosophy, knowledge, and human relations with non-human beings of the landscape. These insights shed light on how the Incas believed the world and cosmos worked and therefore how they could most effectively carve out their grand civilization. Covering Inca history, politics, economy, ideology, society, and military organization, this text balances information about the Cuzco heartland with the vast provincial regions, which took in lands from Colombia to central Chile, to provide a wide-ranging account.
is a captivating exploration of one of the greatest civilizations ever seen. Seamlessly drawing on history, archaeology, and ethnography, this thoroughly updated new edition integrates advances made in hundreds of new studies conducted over the last decade.
• Written by one of the world’s leading experts on Inca civilization
• Covers Inca history, politics, economy, ideology, society, and military organization
• Explores advances in research that include pre-imperial Inca society; the royal capital of Cuzco; the sacred landscape; royal estates; Machu Picchu; provincial relations; the khipu information-recording technology; languages, time frames, gender relations, effects on human biology, and daily life
• Explicitly examines how the Inca world view and philosophy affected the character of the empire
• Illustrated with over 90 maps, figures, and photographs
About the Author
Terence N. D’Altroy is Loubat Professor of American Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and founding Director of the Center for Archaeology at Columbia University in the City of New York. During more than 40 years of archaeological research, he has worked in the central highlands, Cuzco region and coast of Peru, in Argentina, the United States, and Mexico. His publications include Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992), Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History (co-editor, 2001), and The Incas: Inside an American Empire (2004).
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition ix
Preface to the First Edition xv
1 Introduction 1
2 TheLandandItsPeople 33
3 TheIncasbeforetheEmpire 68
4 The History of the Empire: Narrative Visions 91
5 Thinking Inca 119
6 The Politics of Blood in Cuzco 174
7 The Heartland of the Empire 198
8 Inca Ideology: Powers of the Sky and Earth, Past and Present 247
9 Family, Community, and Class 290
10 Militarism 321
11 Provincial Rule 351
12 Farmers, Herders, and Storehouses 392
13 Things and Their Masters 418
14 Invasion and Aftermath 449
Glossary of Foreign Terms 520