The Aztecs

The Aztecs Second Edition Fully Updated and ExpandedA portrait of a fascinating complex civilization Beginning with the story of the Spanish conquest the text then charts the rise of the Aztecs from humble no

  • Title: The Aztecs
  • Author: Richard F. Townsend
  • ISBN: 9780500281321
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Second Edition, Fully Updated and ExpandedA portrait of a fascinating, complex civilization Beginning with the story of the Spanish conquest, the text then charts the rise of the Aztecs from humble nomads to empire builders Within 100 years they established the largest empire in Mesoamerican history and, at Tenochtitlan, built a vast city in a lake, a Venice of the New WSecond Edition, Fully Updated and ExpandedA portrait of a fascinating, complex civilization Beginning with the story of the Spanish conquest, the text then charts the rise of the Aztecs from humble nomads to empire builders Within 100 years they established the largest empire in Mesoamerican history and, at Tenochtitlan, built a vast city in a lake, a Venice of the New World This revised edition has been updated, assimilating information from archaeological excavations and ethnohistoric studies, and widening the picture of Aztec culture beyond their cities Additional material on topics ranging from local crafts, trade, agriculture and food to architecture, society and women s roles depicts the richness of life in villages and regional centres Illustrations of archaeological sites, pictorial manuscripts and monuments enhance the narrative.

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    1. I have been fascinated with the Aztecs on and off since childhood, when I first saw a photo of a statue of Coatlicue in a mythology encyclopaedia. I was horrified, frightened and utterly, utterly in love. Funnily enough that photo is in this book too.Even though it’s a textbook it isn’t overly scholarly, and is quite readable (it just took me a while). However, due to the structure of the book I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who doesn’t have a little bit of knowledge on the subject a [...]

    2. Townsend and smith disagree on some point, but then this is still a growing subject and you can kind of expect that.

    3. After reading The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction I was interested in reading a bit more on the topic and this book was conveniently available at my library. It took me a bit of time to get around to reading it, but it proved to be quite readable and informative. I especially liked a map of the Valley of Mexico that I referred back to repeatedly while reading the history of the empire to get a better sense of how things related to each other. I just wish that some of the broader focus maps had [...]

    4. This was a very insightful and interesting book about the Aztecs early and late history. It talks about heir religion, their military, and the other aspects that make up the Aztec culture. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in the Age of Discovery, Central American cultures, and the Spanish Conquistadors.

    5. Very informative and a good research tool with Ross Hassig's work. The two complement each other, with this work filling out the social side particularly well.

    6. In this history of the Aztec much is discussed regarding their culture and customs. Photographs of artifacts are included in the work. This is an interesting read on of one of the Native American groups of present day Mexico.

    7. An incredible, easy to read insight into one of the world's most intriguing civilizations.This generous, glossy book is an incredibly detailed historical account of the Aztec civilization, from its mythologized beginnings to its exceptionally bloody end. Stories of gods, heroes, and the native peoples of Mexico's way of life will delight readers, even those with copious knowledge of the civilization. Illustrations paint a picture of the highly scientific and religiously motivated civilization, a [...]

    8. Was given to me by someone who had taken a course on Aztec society. Since I had very little knowledge on the subject, I decided to give the book a chance. It explains the rise and fall of a great civilization, taken over by Hernan Cortes and the Spanish. It is a good book to read before diving into heavier, more specific texts on the subject.Keep in mind this is a text book. Do not expect to say it is something that you cannot put down. It does give great information on subjects like Aztec relig [...]

    9. A solid overview of Aztec culture and, to a lesser extent, history. It's not really an academic work, but rather reads like a "greatest hits" of scholarly works that can give a regular reader a decent grounding in the subjects (as well as a bibliography for further reading). Given that it's largely an overview, there are a lot of subjects where the depth isn't great, but it's a short, very readable book that's enjoyable to read.

    10. Another textbook about Aztec history. Unlike some, most of this is organized thematically rather than by narrative. Solid, but some parts, like the ones about the Conquest, tend more toward sensationalism than helpful and show signs of not having been revised recently.

    11. Another comprehensive overview of Aztec history, though again with a Mexican bias. Focuses more on the "imperial project" than the Smith book.

    12. It's not a bad book by any means. It has a lot of good information. However, it's on the dry side, especially compared to Smith's book on the Aztecs.

    13. This is an exquisite volume dedicated to a thorough introduction to the Aztec world and mind. A must fro students of Mesoamerican cultures.

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