The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas: North America

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Cambridge University Press, 1996 - 564 pages
Publisher description: The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Volume II: Mesoamerica (Part One), gives a comprehensive and authoritative overview of all the important native civilizations of the Mesoamerican area, beginning with archaeological discussions of paleoindian, archaic and preclassic societies and continuing to the present. Fully illustrated and engagingly written, the book is divided into sections that discuss the native cultures of Mesoamerica before and after their first contact with the Europeans. The various chapters balance theoretical points of view as they trace the cultural history and evolutionary development of such groups as the Olmec, the Maya, the Aztec, the Zapotec, and the Tarascan. The chapters covering the prehistory of Mesoamerica offer explanations for the rise and fall of the Classic Maya, the Olmec, and the Aztec, giving multiple interpretations of debated topics, such as the nature of Olmec culture. Through specific discussions of the native peoples of the different regions of Mexico, the chapters on the period since the arrival of the Europeans address the themes of contact, exchange, transfer, survivals, continuities, resistance, and the emergence of modern nationalism and the nation-state.
 

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A large scale treatment of pre-Colombian life in South America. It's a co-operative book, edited by Mr. Salomon, who has a bias towards historians from the managed ecology school. An interesting and informative read. Read full review

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Contents

Native views of history
1
IO greater Southwest and California from the beginning
57
Native peoples in EuroAmerican historiography
61
The Northwest from the beginning of trade with
117
PEAN R SNOW Pennsylvania State University
150
reconstructed from Indian Knoll Kentucky
157
I2 Windmiller culture charmstones central California
179
I4 Map of Subarctic precontact sites
185
UCE G TRIGGER McGill University
325
The Arctic from Norse contact to modern times
329
America in the sixteenth century
341
North America in the sixteenth century
346
x to Pan 2
363
Native PPle and European settlers in eastern North
399
settlement 1620
405
settlement 17oo
427

Indigenous farmers 2O I
224
adaptations in the Southwest
232
Io Map of the Lower Illinois Valley
242
The Northern Interior 1600 to modern times
259
sticultural chiefdoms of the Eastern Woodlands
267
the Vacant Quarter and the rivervalley locations
270
peregrine falcon as depicted in large copper plates
286
settlement 1750
442
settlement 1783
454
The expansion of European colonization to the Mississippi
461
Index to Part 1
513
Territory 183055
521
PART 2
534
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