The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, Dec 2, 2011 - History - 152 pages
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This book presents a very short introduction to the Aztecs using interpretive tools from religious studies and anthropology to uncover the paradox of Aztec life; on the one hand a people highly skilled in sculpture, astronomy, city planning, poetry and philosophic rhetoric while on the other hand a people profoundly committed to cosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonial knife and warfare.
 

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Contents

center of the Aztec world
1
Aztlan cities peoples
16
3 Aztec expansion through conquest and trade
38
4 Cosmovision and human sacrifice
61
weavers of life and precious necklaces
78
6 Wordplay philosophy sculpture
92
7 The fall of the Aztec empire
102
8 The return of the Aztecs
112
References
121
Further reading
127
Index
133
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David Carrasco is the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard University. For his scholarship in Mesoamerican religions and his work on Mexican American culture he received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle.

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