The Incas

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-08-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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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 small Andean society in southern Peru to its rapid demise little more than a century later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors. The Incas is the first book fully to synthesize history and archaeology in a sweeping exploration of the entire empire from Chile to Ecuador. The author explains how the Incas drew from millennia of cultural developments to mould a diverse land into a dynamic, powerful, and yet fragile polity. From this integrated perspective, The Incas profoundly rethinks the nature of imperial formation, ideology, and social, economic, and political relations in Inca society.

Author Biography

Terence N. D'Altroy is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, Director of the Columbia Center for Archaeology, and the world's leading Inca specialist. He is the author of Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992), co-author, with Christine A. Hastorf, of Empire and Domestic Economy (2001), and co-editor of Empires (2001).

Table of Contents

List of Figures viii
List of Plates x
List of Tables xii
Preface xiii
1 Introduction 1(23)
2 The Land and its People 24(24)
3 The Incas before the Empire 48(14)
4 The History of the Empire: Narrative Visions 62(24)
5 The Politics of Blood in Cuzco 86(23)
6 The Heartland of the Empire 109(32)
7 Inca Ideology: Powers of the Sky and Earth, Past and Present 141(36)
8 Family, Community, and Class 177(28)
9 Militarism 205(26)
10 Provincial Rule 231(32)
11 Farmers, Herders, and Storehouses 263(24)
12 Artisans and Artistry 287(24)
13 Invasion and Aftermath 311(14)
Glossary of Foreign Terms 325(6)
Notes 331(6)
Bibliography 337(40)
Index 377

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