The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas

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Bruce G. Trigger, Wilcomb E. Washburn, Richard E. W. Adams, Frank Salomon, Stuart B. Schwartz, Murdo J. MacLeod
Cambridge University Press, 1996 - 976 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


Warfare Reorganization and Readaptation at the Margins of Spanish
The Making and Reading of Native South American
Principal cities in the La Plata Basin
The Colonial Condition in the QuechuaAymara Heartland
Colonial Era 443
The First Two Hundred Years
Warfare Reorganization and Readaptation at the Margins
pacification 1870s80s
The Earliest South American Lifeways
Archaeological sites of the Inka era ca C E 15oo
Andean People in the Twentieth Century 765
The northern montaña in the late eighteenth century
Native peoples confront colonial regimes 15001900 387
Index to Part 2 949

Towns and sites of the midcolonial era

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