The Incas: New Perspectives

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W. W. Norton & Company, 26. aug. 2008 - 269 sider
They were isolated in a forbidding landscape and lacked many of the supposed necessities for building a civilization, including the advantages of a written language, the wheel, iron, draft animals, and trading markets. Yet despite these apparent disadvantages, the Incas forged one of the greatest and most influential imperial states that the world has ever known. Before the empire's destruction at the hands of Pizarro and his conquistadors, the Incas demonstrated an astonishing mastery of a wide range of fields, from engineering and mathematics to agriculture, astronomy, and medicine. In recent years, researchers have drawn on development in archaeology, anthropology, and ethnohistory to investigate this mysterious culture. The Incas: New Perspectives provides the most up-to-date interpretations available of the civilization's religion, politics, economics, and daily life. Readers will learn how the Incas kept records using knotted cords, how they created sophisticated highways and bridges, and how these inhabitants of seemingly poor farmlands came to give the world potatoes, beans, corn, squashes, tomatoes, avocados, peanuts, and peppers. Book jacket.
 

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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
CURRENT ASSESSMENTS
193
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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