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The Incas, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-61058-9
568 pages
July 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Incas is a captivating exploration of one of the greatest civilizations ever seen.  Seamlessly drawing on history, archaeology, and ethnography, this thoroughly updated new edition integrates advances made in hundreds of new studies conducted over the last decade.

• Written by one of the world’s leading experts on Inca civilization

• Covers Inca history, politics, economy, ideology, society, and military organization

• Explores advances in research that include pre-imperial Inca society; the royal capital of Cuzco; the sacred landscape; royal estates;  Machu Picchu; provincial relations; the khipu information-recording technology; languages, time frames, gender relations, effects on human biology, and daily life

• Explicitly examines how the Inca world view and philosophy affected the character of the empire

• Illustrated with over 90 maps, figures, and photographs

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix

Preface to the First Edition xv

1 Introduction 1

2 The Land and Its People 33

3 The Incas before the Empire 68

4 The History of the Empire: Narrative Visions 91

5 Thinking Inca 119

6 The Politics of Blood in Cuzco 174

7 The Heartland of the Empire 198

8 Inca Ideology: Powers of the Sky and Earth, Past and Present 247

9 Family, Community, and Class 290

10 Militarism 321

11 Provincial Rule 351

12 Farmers, Herders, and Storehouses 392

13 Things and Their Masters 418

14 Invasion and Aftermath 449

References 476

Glossary of Foreign Terms 520

Index 527

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Author Information

Terence N. D’Altroy is Loubat Professor of American Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and founding Director of the Center for Archaeology at Columbia University in the City of New York. During more than 40 years of archaeological research, he has worked in the central highlands, Cuzco region and coast of Peru, in Argentina, the United States, and Mexico. His publications include Provincial Power in the Inka Empire (1992), Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History (co-editor, 2001), and The Incas: Inside an American Empire (2004).
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The Wiley Advantage

• New edition of this popular and accessible history, written by one of the world’s leading experts on Inca civilization

• Covers Inca history, politics, economy, ideology, society, and military organization

• Explores advances in research that include pre-imperial Inca society; the royal capital of Cuzco; the sacred landscape; royal estates;  Machu Picchu; provincial relations; the khipu information-recording technology; languages, time frames, gender relations, effects on human biology, and daily life

• Explicitly examines how the Inca world view and philosophy affected the character of the empire

• Illustrated with over 90 maps, figures, and photographs

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Reviews

"This new edition of Terence D'Altroy's The Incas is the most complete and authoritative account to date of this last, great empire of Pre-Columbian South America.  It will stand for some time to come as the go-to book to consult for everything you ever wanted to know about the Incas -- and what's more, it's an engaging, enlightening and exciting read!" – Gary Urton, Harvard University

“D’Altroy’s expanded second edition incorporates the latest Inca scholarship along with additional topics of interest.  It is a masterful work by a leading expert, accessible to students and professionals alike.” – Katharina Schreiber, University of California, Santa Barbara

“A comprehensive overview of the Inca Empire.  There is no other book that even comes close to matching Terence D’Altory’s scholarship and knowledge.” – Brian Bauer, University of Illinois - Chicago

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