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The Incas (Peoples of America) Hardcover – 21 Mar 2002

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (21 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631176772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631176770
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Transforms the field of Inca studies." Gary Urton, Harvard University <!––end––>

"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." Choice

"[D′Altroy] is recognised as an outstanding and well–published scholar on the provinces of the Inca Empire. I highly recommend this excellent synthesis of Inca studies ... for its comparative empire insights ... its smooth and lively narrative style and for the critical discussion of the abundant historical and archaeological sources on the Inca empire." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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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.

Illustrated with numerous maps and photographys, this scholarly yet accessible book should become the new standard account of the most impressive of the pre–Columbian civilizations of the Americas.

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5.0 out of 5 starsThis is THE book on the Incas, for now
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