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The Incas

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This title synthesizes history and archaeology in an exploration of the Inca empire from Chile to Ecuador. It explains how the Incas drew from millennia of cultural developments to mould a diverse land into a dynamic, powerful and yet fragile polity.
Paperback, 391 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Blackwell Publishers (first published February 2002)
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John Caviglia
May 18, 2014 John Caviglia rated it it was amazing
Written by the leading expert, this tome is concise, up to date, and very thoroughly scholarly, with a 40 page bibliography that will enable you to further pursue all the known recesses of this empire. Less a must for tourists than for Incaphiles.
Linda Harkins
May 07, 2014 Linda Harkins rated it it was amazing
Most informative! Unfortunately, Craig Morris passed away before this was published in 2011, but Adriana von Hagen completed the work. Morris excavated one of the largest Inca centers at Huánuco Pampa, site of a large palace with stones artfully carved and placed. Machu Picchu is described as a city of stairways placed high above the Urubamba river in a spectacular setting inaccessible to Spanish invaders. Although Hiram Bingham is credited with the discovery of Machu Picchu, its existence was k ...more
Jason Golomb
Feb 04, 2010 Jason Golomb rated it really liked it
The Incas is a very detailed and enlightening view into the world of the Incas. The book is well researched and and appropriate for anyone looking to go beyond the tales of Machu Picchu and the Spanish Conquest.

D'Altroy uses a wealth of resources to detail the lives and existence of the Incas - day-to-day living, military and family structures, economy, etc.

The writing is comfortable enough for even the non-academic.

Highly recommended.
Oct 15, 2010 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Andrea by: Paloma Visscher
The amount of DAltroy's research - and his ability to synthesize existing sources of information - is astounding. The text is an excellent introduction to the Incas. However, it is dense, dry, and unsuitable for freshmen! Great for a history, archaeology, or anthropology course, but I recommend The Incas: New Perspectives if you're looking for a more lighthearted romp with the Incas.
Mar 05, 2016 Jessica marked it as try-again-later
It's not bad. It's actually better written than some of the texts I've attempted on Inca society and culture, but I'm just not in the mood for something this academic right now. So, sending it back to the library. May try again later.
Dec 09, 2011 h rated it really liked it
accessibly written and thorough. d'altroy's book hits all the bases and gives a solid foundation for inca studies. for those looking to know more, the source material & bibliography are still going to be invaluable.
Jun 10, 2015 Cathy rated it it was ok
Gives me knowledge. Kinda boring but it is assigned reading. Wish it had more summaries at the end of each chapter because sometimes I can't remember what i have been reading.
Apr 16, 2013 Andrea rated it liked it
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Plenty of information in one condensed volume. Maybe just a bit dry, in the academic manner, but that impression is probably due to my latent attention deficiency.
Aug 31, 2013 Eivind rated it really liked it
Interesting, comprehensive and maybe a bit dry. Definitely worth it if you're interested in the Incas, but not for casual reading.
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