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The Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico (Penguin history) Paperback – 25 Oct 1990

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140135871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140135879
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
The book contains a lot of information concentrating on the 4 main civilizations of central mexico, the olmecs, toltecs ,the people of teotiuhacan and the is very interesting and Nigel Davies obviously knows his stuff. i did enjoy reading it but a lot of the information went over my head so therefore it is one of those books which you have to read several times before it all sinks in.
the book is a mixture of block text, diagrams and photos in the form of plates in the centre of the book, so you aren't irritated by the text being interupted by pictures as with many other information books. it is pobably quite good for you if you already know a bit about one of the cultres and wish to broaden your knowledge into other areas as it was in my case.
you shouldn't feel threatened by the figures and technical details encountered whilst reading this book. but stick at it to the end and promise to yourself to reread it at a later date, it should hopefully make more sense then. bye!
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By Eric le rouge on 2 Sept. 2010
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I really enjoyed the first part on the Olmec people.
It is true that you can get lost sometimes on details and must admit that i have skipped some technical parts.
However, the book gives you a good idea of the history of central mexico before the spanish conquest.
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History, legend and culture. 28 Aug. 2014
By Gderf - Published on
Format: Paperback
A good companion to his book on the Aztec empire, this is an excellent introduction to history and legend of Olmecs, Teotihuacan, Toltecs and Aztecs. It also relates to the Maya. There is more of cultural development than history in the sections preceding the Aztecs. Davies is careful to differentiate history from legend so that there is no succession of rulers until the last Toltec, Quetzacoatl. There was then a two century gap before migration of the Mexicas, founding of Tenochticlan, overthrow of Tepanec hegemony and formation of the Aztec triple alliance. It covers Moctetuma's career prior to his fatal and somewhat puzzling decision to capitulate to Cortes.
good afternoon read 24 Aug. 2010
By J. Flynn - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found "The Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico" an enlightening introduction to Mesoamerica and a welcome break from the incessant focus on the Aztec and Maya to the exclusion of all others. The book is refreshingly well written, generally accessible and almost artfully cited on the middle ground between children's books ("daily life in" etc.) on the one hand and more or less scientific, serious, but rather dry books on the other.
Awesome Book 8 Oct. 2013
By Thomas V. Asencio-Bonilla - Published on
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This is my textbook to teach Latin American History. A bit advance for some students, but marvelous reading and images
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