The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas

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Bruce G. Trigger, Wilcomb E. Washburn, Richard E. W. Adams, Frank Salomon, Stuart B. Schwartz, Murdo J. MacLeod
Cambridge University Press, 1996 - History - 976 pages
Publisher description: The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Volume II: Mesoamerica (Part One), gives a comprehensive and authoritative overview of all the important native civilizations of the Mesoamerican area, beginning with archaeological discussions of paleoindian, archaic and preclassic societies and continuing to the present. Fully illustrated and engagingly written, the book is divided into sections that discuss the native cultures of Mesoamerica before and after their first contact with the Europeans. The various chapters balance theoretical points of view as they trace the cultural history and evolutionary development of such groups as the Olmec, the Maya, the Aztec, the Zapotec, and the Tarascan. The chapters covering the prehistory of Mesoamerica offer explanations for the rise and fall of the Classic Maya, the Olmec, and the Aztec, giving multiple interpretations of debated topics, such as the nature of Olmec culture. Through specific discussions of the native peoples of the different regions of Mexico, the chapters on the period since the arrival of the Europeans address the themes of contact, exchange, transfer, survivals, continuities, resistance, and the emergence of modern nationalism and the nation-state.
 

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A large scale treatment of pre-Colombian life in South America. It's a co-operative book, edited by Mr. Salomon, who has a bias towards historians from the managed ecology school. An interesting and informative read. Read full review

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A large scale treatment of pre-Colombian life in South America. It's a co-operative book, edited by Mr. Salomon, who has a bias towards historians from the managed ecology school. An interesting and informative read. Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations page
1
Huaca de la Luna mounds 470
5
The Making and Reading of Native South American
19
The Colonial Condition in the QuechuaAymara Heartland
59
Warfare Reorganization and Readaptation at the Margins
138
The Earliest South American Lifeways
188
Rule The Chaco and Paraguay 15731882
257
The Maritime Highland Forest Dynamic and the Origins
264
Adaptation Readjustment
443
The Republic of Indians in Revolt c 16801790
502
Andean Urbanism and Statecraft C E 5501450 518
550
Andean Highland Peasants and the Trials of Nation Making during
558
The Prevalence and Persistence of Señoríos Naturales
577
Indigenous Peoples and the Rise of Independent NationStates
704
Andean People in the Twentieth Century
765
Lowland Peoples of the Twentieth Century
872

Destruction Resistance and Transformation Southern Coastal
287
Regional Formations
350
Native Peoples Confront Colonial Regimes in Northeastern South
382

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