Aztecs: An Interpretation

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 24, 1995 - History - 398 pages
In 1521, the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent center of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies. Inga Clendinnen's account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years. It provides a vividly dramatic analysis of Aztec ceremony as performance art, binding the key experiences and concerns of social existence in the late imperial city to the mannered violence of their ritual killings.
 

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Breakthroughs in historical topics most often come from discoveries of new texts or archaeological finds. Not so in this case. Here, rereading existing indigenous and Spanish documents (particularly ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Inga Clendinnen was born in Geelong, Australia on August 17, 1934. She studied history at the University of Melbourne. She became a historian of Aztec and Mayan culture and society. She taught at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including Reading the Holocaust, Tiger's Eye, Dancing with Strangers, and Agamemnon's Kiss. She died on September 8, 2016 at the age of 82.

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