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.
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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.