Religion and Empire The Dynamics of Aztec and Inca Expansionism

ISBN-10: 0521318963
ISBN-13: 9780521318969
Edition: 1984
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Description: Religion and Empire is an innovative and provocative study of the two largest states of the Precolumbian Americas, the Aztec and Inca Empires. By examining the causes of the formation and expansion of these two empires, the authors identify similar  More...

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List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/31/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Religion and Empire is an innovative and provocative study of the two largest states of the Precolumbian Americas, the Aztec and Inca Empires. By examining the causes of the formation and expansion of these two empires, the authors identify similar patterns and processes underlying their rise and decline. They demonstrate that in both examples among the critical elements in the transition from marginal people to imperial power to disintegrating society were changes in traditional religion, including the elaboration of Aztec human sacrifice and Inca worship of the corpses of their kings. The authors show that the complex interaction between such ideological shifts and political and economic factors generated the spectacular historical trajectories of these Pre-Colombian empires.

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Introduction
The Aztec imperial expansion
The Inca imperial expansion
Precolumbian imperialism: theories and evidence
Ideology and cultural evolution
Bibliography
Index

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