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

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Bruce G. Trigger, Wilcomb E. Washburn, Richard E. W. Adams, Frank Salomon, Murdo J. MacLeod, Stuart B. Schwartz
Cambridge University Press, 1996 - 571 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

Contents

FRANK SALOMON AND STUART B SCHWARTZ
1
Warfare Reorganization and Readaptation at the Margins of Spanish
18
Haplomastodon
194
region
269
La Galgada Peru
281
and Northern Brazil 15801890
287
Earspools
304
B C E C E 600
361
The Prevalence and Persistence of Señorios Naturales
577
Indigenous Peoples and the Rise of Independent NationStates
620
Archaeological regions of the Southern Cone
735
Andean People in the Twentieth Century
756
Inka Power and Its Social Foundations
769
The Caribbean
864
Lowland Peoples of the Twentieth Century
872
Andean Area
904

water management techniques
366
shell cargo
381
Native Peoples Confront Colonial Regimes in Northeastern South
382
500
386
Adaptation Readjustment
443
The Republic of Indians in Revolt c 16801790
502
Andean Highland Peasants and the Trials of Nation Making during
558
Index to Part 2
949
Coastal Brazil
973
Index to Part 1
1025
The La Plata
1036
The Western Margins of Amazonia from the Early Sixteenth to
1061
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