The Incas: New Perspectives

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ABC-CLIO, 2006 - History - 269 pages

The Incas: New Perspectives offers a revealing portrait of the ancient Andean empire from the earliest stages of its development to its final capitulation to Pizzarro in the mid-16th century.

In recent years researchers have employed new tools to get to the heart of the mysterious Inca culture. Drawing on recent work in archaeology, anthropology, ethnohistory, and other sources, The Incas provides the most up-to-date interpretations of Inca culture, religion, politics, economics, and daily life available. Readers will discover how the Incas discovered medicines still in use and kept records using knotted cords; how Inca builders created masterful highways and stone bridges; and how the inhabitants of seemingly unfarmable lands came to give the world potatoes, beans, corn, squashes, tomatoes, avocados, peanuts, and peppers.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
INCA CIVILIZATION
19
Historical and Chronological Setting
28
Origins Growth and Decline of Inca Civilization
56
The Economic Structure of the Inca State
83
Social Organization and Social Structure
93
The Political Structure of the Inca State
112
Religion and Ideology
137
Material Culture
161
Intellectual Accomplishments
179
CURRENT ASSESSMENTS
193
Chronology
203
Resources for Further Study
225
Index
259
About the Author
269
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Gordon F. McEwan, PhD, is associate professor of anthropology at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY.

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