The Aztecs

Type
Book
Authors
Nigel Davies; ( Norman Hammond; )
 
Category
970-989 American History  [ Browse Items ]
Publication Year
2000 
Publisher
The Folio Society, United Kingdom 
Pages
375 pages 
Subject
Aztecs -- History. Aztecs. 
Tags
Aztecs 
Abstract

For the armies of Hernan Cortes, marching down the causeway that joined the fabled city of Tenochtitlan to the mainland, it was as if they were approaching 'another Venice'. Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), with its great towers and temples, was the hub of the vast Aztec empire ruled over by Moctezuma II. The Aztecs were warriors: they had arrived in the area as nobodies at the beginning of the 14th century, built an empire on their skill as mercenaries and maintained it by exacting tribute from their vassal states. It is a combination of sophistication and barbarism that makes the Aztecs so endlessly fascinating - that, and the poignancy of Moctezuma's defeat in 1521 at the hands of Cortes and his conquistadores.  
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Biblio Notes

Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Davies; Norman Hammond
OCLC Number: 60040393
Notes: "The Aztecs was first published in Great Britain in 1973 by Macmillan under the title The Aztecs : a history. This edition follows the text of the first edition with minor emendations."--Title page verso.
Description: xxxiii, 375 pages, [20] pages plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Contents: A chronology of principal events --
1. The long migration --
2. Early rulers --
3. The obsidian serpent --
4. Moctezuma I : the empire takes shape --
5. A new era --
6. The lion of Anahuac --
7. A man in his prime --
8. The setting sun --
9. Aztec aftermath --
A tentative genealogy of the royal dynasty of Tenochtitlan --
The principal deities of the Mexican pantheon.
Responsibility: Nigel Davies ; introduction by Norman Hammond.  
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