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Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control (Civilization of American Indian)

Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control (Civilization of American Indian)
Autor: Ross Hassig
Data publikacji: 1995-05
ISBN: 9780806127736
Wydawca: University of Oklahoma Press
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 440
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This is probably the best book you can buy to get a good academic introduction to the Aztec Triple Alliance and their conquests. The book itself is written well (you won't fall asleep reading it), and the information contained within is excellently sourced and supplemented by pictures, maps, and a glossary of Nahuatl words. Hassig goes into great detail about the Aztec "home front" and does a great job explaining the nuances of mesoamerican politics and political control (one would hope so, considering the title). After that, you get a king by king and later emperor by emperor account of Aztec military history and a thorough, fair explanation of why and how the Aztecs were defeated by the Spaniards. Would recommend to anyone as a jumping off point for learning about the situation in late postclassic mesoamerica, as there really isn't a better book (that I know of) for this subject.

In exploring the pattern and methods of Aztec expansion, Ross Hassig focuses on political and economic factors. Because they lacked numerical superiority, faced logistical problems presented by the terrain, and competed with agriculture for manpower, the Aztecs relied as much on threats and the image of power as on military might to subdue enemies and hold them in their orbit. Hassig describes the role of war in the everyday life of the capital, Tenochtitlan: the place of the military in Aztec society; the education and training of young warriors; the organization of the army; the use of weapons and armor; and the nature of combat.


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