Incas

ISBN-10: 0500289441
ISBN-13: 9780500289440
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Description: At its zenith it extended northward from the Inca capital Cuzco along the spine of the Andes to embrace most of modern Peru and Ecuador, and southward into Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. The sheer scale of the empire, coupled with the challenges of  More...

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, Limited
Publication date: 1/1/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

At its zenith it extended northward from the Inca capital Cuzco along the spine of the Andes to embrace most of modern Peru and Ecuador, and southward into Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. The sheer scale of the empire, coupled with the challenges of the rugged landscape, made the Inca achievement truly remarkable.This is the most up-to-date and authoritative account available of the Incas: their politics, economics, religion, architecture, art, and technology. The authors look in detail at the four parts of the empire, exploring not just famous sites such as Machu Picchu but all the major regional settlements. The book concludes with the end of the empire: the arrival of the Spaniards, the assassination of the Inca ruler Atawallpa, and the final years of the rebellious, neo-Inca state in the tropical forests of Vilcabamba.

Craig Morris is a journalist and translator specializing in renewable energy, IT, and financing. The author of a book he wrote in German that presents the rationale behind Germany's turn to renewable energy, he writes an ongoing series of articles on energy policies and lives in Freiburg, Germany's solar capital.

Preface
Prologue: The Road to Chachapoyas
Introduction: Land of the Four Quarters
The Birth and Growth of Tawantinsuyu
Wari and Tiwanaku: setting the stage for the Incas
The pre-imperial Cusco valley
Inca myths of origin and expansion
The king list
Empire-building
The Principles of Inca Statecraft: Feared Warriors, Generous Rulers
Organizing an empire
The memory of things
War and ritual war as tactics of expansion
Specialized soldiers: the Ca�ari and Chachapoya
Mitmaq: a patchwork of interspersed colonies
Royal generosity, service, and loyalty
Roads and cities: the infrastructure of rule
Religion as statecraft
Ties that bind: kings, kinship, and royal alliances
The four parts: an empire united by division
The Wealth of the Empire: Land, Labor, and the Worth of Goods
Reciprocity as an exchange system
Seasonal and full-time labor
Terraces, breweries, and warehouses
Cloth, shells, silver, and gold
Religion and Ideology: The Sun, the Moon, the Oracles, the Ancestors
"Glad words"-the voice of oracles
Imperial sun temples
The revered ancestors
The sacred origins of kingship
Astronomy and the ritual calendar
Imperial rites and sacred occasions
Processions, networks, and order
The end of imperial religion
Technology and the Arts: Architects, Potters, Weavers, and Smiths
Building temples, palaces, terraces, and storehouses
Storehouses for the realm
Quarrying and working sacred stones
Achieving the fit
Linking the empire: roads and bridges
Imperial tableware
Fine garments and emblems of rank
Metalworking: glitter of the sun, glow of the moon
Cusco: Capital of the Realm
The conceptual plan
Pachakuti the architect?
A sacred city
The ceremonial core
Town palaces
The golden enclosure
The royal mummies
The temple-fortress
Royal country estates
Chinchaysuyu: Land of the Setting Sun and the Sacred Shell
The route of the setting sun
Vilcaswaman: city at a pivotal junction
Lodgings before the descent
A city coded in brilliant colors
An oracle by the sea
Inkawasi: a new Cusco
Southern coastal Chinchaysuyu
Pachacamac: the lord of earthquakes
The route of the gods
A junction on the Qhapaq �an
Hu�nuco Pampa
North to Huamachuco
Cajamarca: strategic entrepot
The kingdom of Chimor
Chachapoyas: cloud forest crossroads
Strategic corridor into Ecuador
Far northern Tawantinsuyu: land of the sacred shell
Tumibamba: a new Cusco
Gateways to the sacred shell
Chains of forts
Northernmost Tawantinsuyu
Antisuyu: The Road to Machu Picchu and Beyond
Early tropical forest conquests
A city of stairways
The gateway to Vilcabamba
Empire in exile
Qollasuyu and Kuntisuyu: Herds, Metals, and Mountains of Sacrifice
Places of imperial origin
On the road to Qollasuyu
The lake kingdoms
The warm foothills and the jungle frontier
Southern Qollasuyu's mineral wealth
West through Kuntisuyu
Qollasuyu in Chile: mines and farmland
Human offerings to sacred peaks
Why were Chinchaysuyu and Qollasuyu different?
The Fall: Bearded Men from across the Sea
Foreign disease
A tragic encounter
The clash of empires
New-found wealth
Inca resistance and decline
Notes
Further Reading
Sources of Illustrations
Index

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