The Incas

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2014 - Social Science - 568 pages

The Incas 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

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Land and Its People
33
The Incas before the Empire
68
Narrative Visions
91
Thinking Inca
119
The Politics of Blood in Cuzco
174
The Heartland of the Empire
198
Powers of the Sky and Earth Past and Present
247
Militarism
321
Provincial Rule
351
Farmers Herders and Storehouses
392
Things and Their Masters
418
Invasion and Aftermath
449
References
476
Glossary of Foreign Terms
520
Index
527

Family Community and Class
290

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About the author (2014)

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).

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