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The Aztecs

Rise and Fall of an Empire

Serge Gruzinski


The complete history of the Aztecs from their early beginnings as nomads through their time as powerful empire builders to the period of Spanish rule


The gruesome Aztec practice of mass human sacrifice horrified Cortés when he entered Tenochticlán in 1519. Yet these bloodthirsty warriors also created a refined society, monumental architecture, powerful sculpture, magnificently illustrated codices, fine goldwork and brilliant feathered costumes. How did these contradictory aspects co-exist in one people?

The richly illustrated text is supplemented by contemporary documents including evidence on Aztec myths, social organization, trade, the arts, human sacrifice, the conquest, the continuation of Aztec religion after Christianity and the fate of the Indian population today.

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Format: Paperback

Size: 17.7 x 12.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 21 September 1992

ISBN: 9780500300183

About the Author

Serge Gruzinski was a French historian of Latin America.

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