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The Aztecs by Richard F. Townsend

The Aztecs (original 1992; edition 2000)

by Richard F. Townsend

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Title:The Aztecs
Authors:Richard F. Townsend
Info:Thames & Hudson (2000), Edition: Rev Sub, Paperback, 224 pages
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The Aztecs by Richard F. Townsend (1992)



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Today the Aztecs seem a remote, alien people. Warlike and bloodthirsty, they are best known as the practitioners of human sacrifice. Yet their creative achievements are impressive: within the space of a hundred years they established the largest empire in Mesoamerican history, and at Tenochtitlan built a vast, shimmering city in a lake, a Venice of the New World whose temple-pyramids, elegant plazas and thronging markets defied the descriptive powers ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 20, 2015 |
Not new information, but well presented. Shows the power of Destiny. The conqueror, in his home base, is today one of the nations on the brink of financial disaster. More evidence of dastardly Destiny? ( )
  rajaratnam | Jun 19, 2010 |
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A 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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Updated with new information, this introduction to the ancient Mesoamerican culture features new illustrations of key Aztec archaeological sites and discussions of local craft manufacturing, trade, farming, and women's roles. 143 illustrations.

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