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Montezuma: Warlord of the Aztecs (Potomac Books' Military Profiles)
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"Montezuma (ca. 1466-1520) ascended to the Aztec throne on the basis of a successful military record and his reputation for piety. As Peter G. Tsouras demonstrates, almost immediately Montezuma transformed himself from a man of good judgment to a pitiless autocrat. He killed indiscriminately in his own empire and waged wars of conquest against his neighbors. In 1519, Hernan Cortes arrived in Mexico at the head of a Spanish expedition. Montezuma believed the invaders to be gods fulfilling the prophecy of the god Quetzalcoatl's return. He failed to resist and cautiously offered gifts. As a result, Cortes and the conquistadors marched on the capital. Almost gladly, the monarch surrendered his power, wealth, and even the sovereignty of his people. He became a puppet of the Spaniards and finally aligned himself with Cortes in battle against his own people. When the emperor's brother at last led an uprising, the ungrateful Spaniards killed Montezuma."."Against the backdrop of ancient Mexico's rich cultural heritage, Tsouras captures the tragedy that befell Mexico during Montezuma's reign, simultaneously placing Aztec civilization and history in the context of world history."--BOOK JACKET.
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