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The Incas
D'Altroy, Terence N.
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Publication Information:
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
Physical Description:
xv, 391 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
1. Introduction -- 2. The land and its people -- 3. The Incas before the Empire -- 4. The history of the Empire : narrative visions -- 5. The politics of blood in Cuzco -- 6. The heartland of the empire -- 7. Inca ideology : powers of the sky and Earth, past and present -- 8. Family, community, and class -- 9. Militarism -- 10. Provincial rule -- 11. Farmers, herders, and storehouses -- 12. Artisans and artistry -- 13. Invasions and aftermath.
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F3429 .D35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The great empire of the Incas at its height encompassed an area of western South America comparable in size to the Roman Empire in Europe. This book describes and explains its extraordinary progress from a remote Andean settlement near Lake Titicaca to its rapid demise six centuries later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors.

A bold new history by the world's leading expert on Incan civilization.
Covers the entire Andean region, five countries and ten million people.
Heavily illustrated with maps, figures, and photographs.

Author Notes

Terence N. D'Altroy The author is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and one of the world's leading Inca specialists.

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There have been many syntheses of the Inca culture of the Central Andes of South America, but this one, by the leader in Inca studies, surpasses them all. The book is organized in 13 chapters, with the first two discussing the history of Inca studies, the myriad environments in the Inca empire from coast to high Andean valleys to tropical forest, and pre-Inca origins. Chapters 3 and 4 recount the development of the Inca from a local power in the Cuzco region to the largest empire in the New World. Chapters 5-8 focus on the Inca political system and the empire's organization into four geographic quarters; the Inca imperial capital at Cuzco and royal estates such as Machu Picchu; Inca religion; and Inca social systems. Chapters 9-11 describe the spread and domination of their realm through a strong military and the establishment of provincial administrative and storage centers connected by 40,000 kilometers of roads. Chapter 12 investigates Inca ceramic, textile, and metal artistry, while chapter 13 discusses the collapse of the Inca empire through the 1532 Spanish invasion and the legacy of Inca culture found today among Andean peoples. This marvelous book is suitable for general readers, students, and researchers/faculty at all levels. J. B. Richardson III University of Pittsburgh

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. viii
List of Platesp. x
List of Tablesp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
1 Introductionp. 1
2 The Land and its Peoplep. 24
3 The Incas before the Empirep. 48
4 The History of the Empire: Narrative Visionsp. 62
5 The Politics of Blood in Cuzcop. 86
6 The Heartland of the Empirep. 109
7 Inca Ideology: Powers of the Sky and Earth, Past and Presentp. 141
8 Family, Community, and Classp. 177
9 Militarismp. 205
10 Provincial Rulep. 231
11 Farmers, Herders, and Storehousesp. 263
12 Artisans and Artistryp. 287
13 Invasion and Aftermathp. 311
Glossary of Foreign Termsp. 325
Notesp. 331
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 377