Incas New Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0393333019

ISBN-13: 9780393333015

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gordon F. McEwan

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A revealing portrait of the ancient Andean empire from its earliest development to its final capitulation to Pizarro. 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 Incasprovides 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. 63 illustrations.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Series Editor's Preface
Sources of Information about the Incas
Inca Civilization
Location of the Inca Civilization and Environmental Setting
The Andean Environment
Andean Culture and Its Environment
Historical and Chronological Setting
European Discovery of the Incas
Andean History before the Incas
Development of Andean Cultural Chronology
Origins, Growth, and Decline of Inca Civilization
What the Incas Told the Spanish about Their Origins
What Scholars Have Learned about Inca Origins
The Inca Dynasty
Inca Rulers under Spanish Control
The Economic Structure of the Inca State
Subsistence Patterns
The Inca Imperial Economy
Social Organization and Social Structure
Estimating the Population of the Inca Empire
The Social Organization of Inca Civilization
The System of Social Classes
Life under Inca Rule
Inca Towns and Cities
The Political Structure of the Inca State
Inca Government
Inca Decimal Administration
Administrative Infrastructure
The Inca Army
Social Engineering and the Disposition of Conquered Territories
Political Relations between the Incas and Their Subjects
Internal Politics among the Incas
Religion and Ideology
Andean Cosmology
Inca State Ideology
Local-Level Ideology
Inca State Religion
Principal Rituals and Ceremonies of the State Religion
Principal Temples of the State Religion
Huacas: The Animistic Folk Religion
Material Culture
Wooden Objects
Shell and Bone
Intellectual Accomplishments
Fine Arts
System of Measures
Language and Literacy
Inca Literacy, Mathematics, and Methods of Recording
Counting and Calculating Devices
Astronomical Knowledge
Current Assessments
Major Controversies and Future Directions in Inca Studies
Historicists vs. Structuralists: The Great Inca Debate
Issues in Inca Archaeology
Resources for Further Study
About the Author
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