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Ts that have colored much of the Western narrative to let Aztec voices speak about their origin stories the cosmic significance of their capital city their methods of child rearing and the contributions women made to daily life and the empire Carrasco discusses the arrival of the Spaniards contrasts Aztec mythical traditions about the origins of their city with actual urban life in Mesoamerica and outlin. This was a bit of a curate s egg The political history part was very good albeit the part on Cortes is caught up in some contradictions Surprisingly given the author s PhD was on mesoamerican religion the section on religion and the cosmovision of the Aztecs was a little disappointing This is a notoriously tricky subject but here there was no real attempt to try to link things together There was no sense of how the female deities related to the male remarkably little on Tlaloc or on the role of Xipe Totec nor on how Ometeotl who bursts onto the scene in chapter 6 There is a rather sad attempt to play down the role of human sacrifice in Aztec religion The attempt to euate this with Greece and Rome is particularly piteous and does the author no credit Despite the author stressing new advances in the understanding of smaller settlements in the Aztec empire none of this information is presented here and we are mainly presented with the high politics of the Aztecs not that I m complaining that much There is an insistence on the Aztecs cultural achievements which is a view with which I sympathise but could have been made of the poetry of Nezahualcoyotl and though we are promised philosophical thought the promise is never really delivered There is also a rather naive approach to the way criollos regarded the Aztec past and a rather uncritical approach to modern neo Aztec advocates which doesn t look at some of the glaring tergiversations it presents Obviously the author has been constrained by the size of volumes in this series and so perhaps I m complaining too much There are choices to be made and I would have chosen in a slightly different way Nevertheless there are a lot of good things here and the book is worth a read It isn t though in my opinion the balanced intro that you might have expected from this series Dictionary Of Dreams rearing and the contributions women made to daily life and the empire Carrasco discusses the arrival of the Spaniards contrasts Aztec mythical traditions about the origins of their city with actual urban life in Mesoamerica and outlin. This was a bit of a curate s egg The political history part was very good albeit the part on Cortes is caught up in some contradictions Surprisingly given the author s PhD was on mesoamerican The Love of a Latino religion the section on Other Days, Other Eyes religion and the cosmovision of the Aztecs was a little disappointing This is a notoriously tricky subject but here there was no Deception Island real attempt to try to link things together There was no sense of how the female deities The Family related to the male The First Partition of Poland remarkably little on Tlaloc or on the The Hero of Varay role of Xipe Totec nor on how Ometeotl who bursts onto the scene in chapter 6 There is a Palestrina and Other Plays rather sad attempt to play down the Blackmailed By Daddy role of human sacrifice in Aztec उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] religion The attempt to euate this with Greece and Rome is particularly piteous and does the author no credit Despite the author stressing new advances in the understanding of smaller settlements in the Aztec empire none of this information is presented here and we are mainly presented with the high politics of the Aztecs not that I m complaining that much There is an insistence on the Aztecs cultural achievements which is a view with which I sympathise but could have been made of the poetry of Nezahualcoyotl and though we are promised philosophical thought the promise is never Cock Tales really delivered There is also a Son of the Hero rather naive approach to the way criollos The Alien Jigsaw regarded the Aztec past and a Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning rather uncritical approach to modern neo Aztec advocates which doesn t look at some of the glaring tergiversations it presents Obviously the author has been constrained by the size of volumes in this series and so perhaps I m complaining too much There are choices to be made and I would have chosen in a slightly different way Nevertheless there are a lot of good things here and the book is worth a The Illusion of Gods Presence read It isn t though in my opinion the balanced intro that you might have expected from this series

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This Very Short Introduction employs the disciplines of history religious studies and anthropology as it illuminates the complexities of Aztec life Readers meet a people highly skilled in sculpture astronomy city planning poetry and philosophy who were also profoundly committed to cosmic regeneration through the thrust of the ceremonial knife and through warfare David Carrasco looks beyond Spanish accoun. I do dearly love these little gems from Oxford University Press In this case I happen to admire the author too having taken one of his classes at Harvard in 2015 Dav d Carrasco is a gifted teacher a warm human being and of course a great expert in this subject I read this book as part of a tear I m on to read histories of Mexico and particularly of the Mexican American border As expected I learned some things from this slim volume For one the Aztecs were preceded by even older civilizations upon which they built this should not be a surprise of course They were in constant battle with neighboring groups yes they practiced human sacrifice but there is no evidence that they practiced it than other civilizations Cortez s conuest was not a simple case of superior weapons and tactics but from a civil war among the Aztecs and their neighbors masterminded by Cortez and of course the European diseases that Cortez brought with him did than anything I liked the Aztec idea of souls comprising four distinct pieces that depart the body for different dwelling spots after death Sad how prior generations of Europeans men of science eg Morgan disparaged the Aztecs but good now that scholarship has resurrected their merit and importance And I understand the pride that many Mexicans have felt and continue to feel about the grand civilization that grew in North America independent of other civilizations

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Es the rise of the Aztec empire He also explores Aztec religion which provided both justification for and alternatives to warfare sacrifice and imperialism and he sheds light on Aztec poetry philosophy painting and especially monumental sculpture and architecture He concludes by looking at how the Aztecs have been portrayed in Western thought art film and literature as well as in Latino culture and arts.. Interesting insight into the religion and the history but I would have liked to have had on everyday life Organization is a little difficult to follow

  • Paperback
  • 138
  • The Aztecs
  • Davíd Carrasco
  • English
  • 11 November 2018
  • 9780195379389

About the Author: Davíd Carrasco

Davíd L Carrasco is currently Neil L Rudenstine Professor of Latin America Studies at Harvard He is a Mexican American academic historian of religion anthropologist and a Mesoamericanist scholar who has published widely on the Aztecs.



10 thoughts on “The Aztecs

  1. says:

    This is what the Very Short Introductions are intended to be a short but balanced introduction to the topic with p

  2. says:

    This book delivers exactly what its title promises a brief introduction on Aztec or rather Mexica history and culture The information here is just enough to whet one’s appetite I will definitely look for books o

  3. says:

    I do dearly love these little gems from Oxford University Press In this case I happen to admire the author too having taken one of his classes at Harvard in 2015 Davíd Carrasco is a gifted teacher a warm human b

  4. says:

    If you always carry a book on you it's surprising how much time you can find to read throughout the day On public transit in ueues or while waiting for friends to arrive you can get through a dozen pages or Oxford's Very Short Introductions are great for this purpose because they're small enough to fit in my poc

  5. says:

    This was a bit of a curate's egg The political history part was very good albeit the part on Cortes is caught up in some contradictions Surprisingly given the author's PhD was on mesoamerican religion the section on religion and the cosmovision of the Aztecs was a little disappointing This is a notoriously tricky subject but here there was no real attempt to try to link things together There was no sense of how the female deities

  6. says:

    It's slightly irritating that introductions about the Aztecs always end up as historical accounts of the Spanish invasion and take over of Mexico Unfortunately this is an inevitable result of the fact that we only know anything about the Aztecs through the distorting lens of the Spanish accounts as well as a few physical

  7. says:

    There are a lot of details for a short introduction maybe too many? but overall it's uite readable and interesting I read this partly out of personal interest and partly because I've started teaching a short section on Aztec philosophy in my World Philosophy course and thought I could use a bit historical background It was good on both cou

  8. says:

    Ethusiastic short history of the Aztecs Lots of uotes from primary sources Highly readable although the names can get confusing if you're unfami

  9. says:

    Interesting insight into the religion and the history but I would have liked to have had on everyday life Organization is a little difficult to follow

  10. says:

    Pretty balanced viewpoint Gives uick summary of Aztec history Discusses the Aztecs as successors of a broader urban civilization whic

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