The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | December 5, 2011

byDavid Carrasco

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This Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history, religious studies, and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life. Readers meet a people highly skilled in sculpture, astronomy, city planning, poetry, and philosophy, who were also profoundly committed tocosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonial knife and through warfare. David Carrasco looks beyond Spanish accounts that have colored much of the Western narrative to let Aztec voices speak about their origin stories, the cosmic significance of their capital city, their methods of childrearing, and the contributions women made to daily life and the empire. Carrasco discusses the arrival of the Spaniards, contrasts Aztec mythical traditions about the origins of their city with actual urban life in Mesoamerica, and outlines the rise of the Aztec empire. He also explores Aztec religion, which provided both justification for and alternatives to warfare,sacrifice, and imperialism, and he sheds light on Aztec poetry, philosophy, painting, and especially monumental sculpture and architecture. He concludes by looking at how the Aztecs have been portrayed in Western thought, art, film, and literature as well as in Latino culture and arts.

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This Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history, religious studies, and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life. Readers meet a people highly skilled in sculpture, astronomy, city planning, poetry, and philosophy, who were also profoundly committed tocosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ce...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:December 5, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The City of Tenochtitlan: Center of The Aztec World2. Aztec Foundations: Aztlan, Cities, Peoples3. Aztec Expansion through Conquest and Trade4. Cosmovision and Human Sacrifice5. Women and Children: Weavers of Life and Precious Necklaces6. Word Play, Philosophy, Sculpture7. The Fall of the Aztecs8. The Return of the AztecsReferencesFurther ReadingIndex