The Incas

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Wiley, Aug 1, 2003 - Social Science - 408 pages
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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 remote Andean settlement near Lake Titicaca to its rapid demise six centuries later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors.

  • A bold new history by the world's leading expert on Incan civilization.
  • Covers the entire Andean region, five countries and ten million people.
  • Heavily illustrated with maps, figures, and photographs.

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This is a must for anyone who wants to go beyond encyclypedias or coffee table books. It brings together the 'Historial' accounts, based on the Chronicles produced after the Spanish conquest, and the archaeological record which grows by the minute. Terence N. D'Altroy fills in much of the detail other books leave out. Crucially, he doesn't take for granted the traditional narrative of the Incas which has come to be taken for granted.  

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Terence N. D'Altroy is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, Director of the Columbia Center for Archaeology, and the world's leading Inca specialist. He is the author of Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992), co-author, with Christine A. Hastorf, of Empire and Domestic Economy (2001), and co-editor of Empires (2001).

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