The Aztecs

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Wiley, Nov 11, 2002 - History - 392 pages
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This book is a vivid and comprehensive account of the Aztecs, the best-known people of pre-Columbian America. It examines their origins, civilization, and the distinctive realms of Aztec religion, science, and thought. It describes the conquest of their empire by the Spanish, and the fate of their descendants to the present day in Central Mexico, making use of the results of the latest excavations, historical documentation, and the author's first-hand knowledge. There is also a fascinating and detailed account of the daily life of the Aztec people, including their economy, family life, class system, and food.

This second edition updates the original text with new descriptions of major archaeological sites such as Malinalco and Tlatelolco and expanded coverage of codices, religion, and areas distant from the capital. Dozens of photographs and illustrations have been added for this edition, making this the most informative and up-to-date treatment of Aztec civilization.

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Comprehensive overview of Aztec (though primarily Mexica) history. This book is designed for a lay audience and summarizes both modern scholarship and primary sources. A great launching point for further reading. A bit heavier on the social aspects of life than the Townsend book. Read full review

Review: The Aztecs

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Comprehensive overview of Aztec (though primarily Mexica) history. This book is designed for a lay audience and summarizes both modern scholarship and primary sources. A great launching point for further reading. A bit heavier on the social aspects of life than the Townsend book. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Michael E. Smith is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Albany. He has directed excavations at numerous Aztec sites and is co-editor (with Marilyn Masson) of The Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica: A Reader (Blackwell, 1999).

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