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VAN ZANTWIJK, Rudolph. The Aztec Arrangement : The Social History of Pre-Spanish Mexico. Foreword by Miguel Leon-Portilla. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, (1985). First Printing. Pp. (6),vii-xxv,(3),3-345,(5). Illustrated, with maps. 8vo, green cloth with gilt lettered black title block to spine, in full green jacket. Civilization of the American Indian series, number 167. "In a major departure from the usual approaches to pre-Conquest Aztec culture, Rudolph van Zantwijk offers here a new interpretation of the origins and development of Aztec society. The Aztecs are usually viewed as a rigidly stratified society of royalty, nobility, priestly elite, and commoner, derived from a single group, the Toltecs, and originating in the legendary 'Tula'. The author, on the contrary, maintains that the 'Aztecs' were peoples of multiethnic, heterogeneous origins who came together in the Valley of Mexico. To build a stable, unified society in harmony with their cosmos and create an empire, they 'rewrote' their history, bringing all these diverse peoples under the 'umbrella' of the Toltecs. To legitimize that origin, their ancestors became the people of Tula, 'the Place Where Authority Originated'." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. The Historical Sources as Starting Points; 2. "From the Mists, from the Clouds, from the Seven Caves":History or Myth?; 3. The Social History of Mexitin; 4. Aztec Social Organi zation at the Founding of Mexico-Tenochtitlan; 5. Incorporation and Development within the Framework of the Tecpanec Empire; 6. The Social Organization of Tenochtitlan During the Tecpanec War (1426-1433); 7. The Social and Economic Development of the Aztec Merchants; 8. Ritual and Ceremonial Organization of the Merchants and Other Vocational Groups; 9. Kinship Policy and "Ancestor Borrowing"; 10. Tenochtitlan, Base of an Empire; 11. "We Look Huitzilopochtli in the Face..."; 12. Further Observations on the Aztec Arrangement; 13. Conclusion and General Characteristics of the Aztec Arrangement. With appendices: A. Chronology of Aztec History; B. The Codex of Otlazpan and the Tlaxilacallis. With glossary, notes, bibliography and index. Very good in dustjacket. 60.00
Title: Aztec Arrangement : The Social History of Pre-Spanish Mexico. First Editionin dustjacket.
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1985, ISBN:0806116773:
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