Historical Dictionary of Mesoamerica by Walter R. T. WitscheyHistorical Dictionary of Mesoamerica by Walter R. T. Witschey

Historical Dictionary of Mesoamerica

byWalter R. T. Witschey, Clifford T. Brown

Hardcover | December 23, 2011

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Mesoamerica is one of six major areas of the world where humans independently changed their culture from a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle into settled communities, cities, and civilization. In addition to China (twice), the Indus Valley, the Fertile Crescent of southwest Asia, Egypt, and Peru, Mesoamerica was home to exciting and irreversible changes in human culture called the "Neolithic Revolution." The changes included domestication of plants and animals, leading to agriculture, husbandry, and eventually sedentary village life. These developments set the stage for the growth of cities, social stratification, craft specialization, warfare, writing, mathematics, and astronomy, or what we call the rise of civilization. These changes forever transformed humankind.The Historical Dictionary of Mesoamerica covers the history of Mesoamerica through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 900 cross-referenced dictionary entries covering the major peoples, places, ideas, and events related to Mesoamerica. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Mesoamerica.
Walter R. T. Witschey is a professor of anthropology and science education at Longwood University. For the past decade, he has been a Research Fellow of the Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University, and chaired the Virginia Governor's Environmental Education Commission from 2000-04. Along with Clifford Brown, he is a co-pr...
Title:Historical Dictionary of MesoamericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:446 pages, 9.38 × 6.46 × 1.38 inPublished:December 23, 2011Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081087167X

ISBN - 13:9780810871670

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword (Jon Woronoff)PrefaceReader's NotesChronologyMaps of MesoamericaIntroductionThe DictionaryAppendix: Research InstitutionsBibliographyAbout the Authors

Editorial Reviews

The Historical Dictionary of Mesoamerica provides students and teachers with concise and well-written definitions covering ancient Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Coverage includes topics in places, ideas, events, and important people. There is a strong emphasis on the contributions that occurred here that changed civilization, such as the domestication of plants and animals, growth of cities, craft specializations, warfare, mathematics, and astronomy. Each definition is written in clear language and ranges in length from a short paragraph to multiple pages. There are also a number of black-and-white photographs of important archaeological sites and cultural artifacts. . . . This dictionary is a highly recommended acquisition for all academic and large public libraries.