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The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas

The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas

Volume 2. Mesoamerica

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Part of The Cambridge history of the Native Peoples of the Americas

Richard E. W. Adams, Robert N. Zeitlin, Judith Francis Zeitlin, David C. Grove, Richard A. Diehl, Norman Hammond, George L. Cowgill, Shirley S. Gorenstein, Joyce Marcus, Kent V. Flannery, Payson D. Sheets, Robert J. Sharer, Thomas H. Charlton
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  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521351652

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  • The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Volume II: Mesoamerica, gives a comprehensive and authoritative overview of all the important native civilizations of the Mesoamerican area, beginning with archaeological discussions of paleoindian, archaic and preclassic societies and continuing to the present. Fully illustrated and engagingly written, the book is divided into sections that discuss the native cultures of Mesoamerica before and after their first contact with the Europeans. The various chapters balance theoretical points of view as they trace the cultural history and evolutionary development of such groups as the Olmec, the Maya, the Aztec, the Zapotec, and the Tarascan.

    • Comprehensive: all major cultures covered
    • Authoritative: all authors are specialists who are outstanding in their fields
    • Well written, accessible to both scholarly and lay audiences
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    "...will have lasting value as an authoritative reference." Choice

    "This is an impressive two-part overview of the history of the indigenous people of Mesoamerica from earliest times to the present...the contributions vary in depth and quality, but fortunately the variation is between good and excellent...these books are extremely useful...The authors and editors are to be commended." American Historical Review

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    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521351652
    • length: 588 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 41 mm
    • weight: 0.925kg
    • contains: 100 b/w illus. 26 maps 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to a survey of the native prehistoric cultures of Mesoamerica Richard E. W. Adams
    2. The Paleoindian and Archaic cultures of Mesoamerica Robert N. Zeitlin and Judith Francis Zeitlin
    3. The preclassic societies of the central highlands of Mesoamerica David C. Grove
    4. The precolumbian cultures of the Gulf Coast Richard A. Diehl
    5. The Maya lowlands: pioneer farmers to merchant princes Norman Hammond
    6. The central American highlands from the rise of Teotihuacan to the decline of Tula George L. Cowgill
    7. Western and Northwestern Mexico Shirley S. Gorenstein
    8. Cultural evolution in Oaxaca: the origins of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations Joyce Marcus and Kent V. Flannery
    9. The southeast frontiers of Mesoamerica Payson D. Sheets
    10. The Maya highlands and the adjacent Pacific coast Robert J. Sharer
    11. The Aztecs and their contemporaries: the central and Eastern Mexican highlands Thomas H. Charlton.

  • Editors

    Richard E. W. Adams, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

    Murdo J. MacLeod, University of Florida

    Contributors

    Richard E. W. Adams, Robert N. Zeitlin, Judith Francis Zeitlin, David C. Grove, Richard A. Diehl, Norman Hammond, George L. Cowgill, Shirley S. Gorenstein, Joyce Marcus, Kent V. Flannery, Payson D. Sheets, Robert J. Sharer, Thomas H. Charlton

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