From their remote origins as migrating tribes to their rise as builders of empire, the Aztecs were among the most dynamic and feared peoples of ancient Mexico. This fully revised and reorganized edition of Richard Townsends masterly study presents an expanded view of their history and cultural achievements, and includes colour plates for the first time.
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PART TWO URBAN TRADITIONS TRIBAL PEOPLES
Birth of an Empire
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