The Incas: New Perspectives

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W. W. Norton & Company, 26. aug. 2008 - 269 sider
Defying many of the supposed rules of civilization building and lacking the advantages of a written language, hard metals, the wheel, or draft animals, the Incas forged one of the greatest imperial states in history. In recent years, researchers have employed new tools to get to the heart of this mysterious culture. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, and ethnohistory, The Incas provides the most up-to-date interpretations of the culture, religion, politics, economics, and daily life available. Readers will learn how the Incas discovered medicines still in use and kept records using knotted cords; how they created masterful highways and stone bridges; and how the inhabitants of seemingly unfarmable lands came to give the world potatoes, beans, corn, squashes, tomatoes, avocados, peanuts, and peppers.
 

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Innhold

INTRODUCTION
3
INCA CIVILIZATION
19
Historical and Chronological Setting
28
Origins Growth and Decline of Inca Civilization
56
The Economic Structure of the Inca State
83
Social Organization and Social Structure
93
The Political Structure of the Inca State
112
Religion and Ideology
137
Material Culture
161
Intellectual Accomplishments
179
I Major Controversies and Future Directions
195
Chronology
203
Resources for Further Study
225
Index
259
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Gordon F. McEwan is an associate professor of anthropology at Wagner College on Staten Island, the author of The Middle Horizon in the Valley of Cuzco, Peru, and the coauthor of Knowing the Inca Past. He lives in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

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