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Handbook to Life in the Aztec World (Facts On File Library Of World History)
Since its violent dissolution in 1521, the Aztec Empire of Mexico has continually intrigued us. Recent discoveries resulting from the excavation of the Templo Mayor in the heart of Mexico City have taught us even more about this fascinating culture. The increasing recognition that the achievements of Mesoamerican civilizations were among the most sophisticated of the ancie ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published December 30th 2005)
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This book's big strength is its thoroughness. It covers everything from what the Aztecs soaked their corn in before cooking it to how they would inaugurate a new tlatoani, as well as political history from mythical times until after the Conquest. "Aztec" here means all the people who moved into the Valley of Mexico area from north of Mesoamerica, as opposed to just the Mexica of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco. The book is still mostly Mexica-focused, though. The first chapter sets the Aztec in the ...more
Oct 02, 2015 AskHistorians added it
A good companion to Carrasco's Daily Life of the Aztecs, Moreno's work functions as an excellent reference for readers who are just beginning to learn about the Aztecs and their history. Aguilar-Moreno breaks Aztec society into neat, easily digested components each with their own designated section that can either be read individually or as a whole with little fuss. Aquilar-Moreno keeps his language accessible and distills archaeological work down to what is most essential to placing a particula ...more
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