Aztecs: An Interpretation
In 1521, the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent center of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies. Inga Clendinnen's account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years. It provides a vividly dramatic analysis of Aztec ceremony as performance art, binding the key experiences and concerns of social existence in the late imperial city to the mannered violence of their ritual killings.
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Review: Aztecs: An InterpretationUser Review - L. Blankenship - Goodreads
I appreciate Clendinnen's attempts to find the underlying world-view and social structure that made such a blood-thirsty culture functional and even successful -- especially in light of the limited ... Read full review
Review: Aztecs: An InterpretationUser Review - Johann_tor - Goodreads
This book should have been called "Aztecs: an invention". The author exercises anthropology on what she admits is a picture of historical people that she had to make up herself, since the sources are ... Read full review