Ancient Civilizations of the New World
By (author) Richard E. W. Adams
Ancient Civilizations of the New World by Richard E. W. Adams
Book DescriptionIn this concise, yet sweeping look at the origins and development of ancient New World civilizations, Richard Adams provides a superb introductory overview of these unique and fascinating cultures. Incorporating the latest breakthroughs in the study of the cultures of Mesoamerica and the Andes, Adams examines the development of the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca peoples, among others, from simple agricultural societies to urban civilizations with complex transportation networks, distinct social hierarchies, rich artistic and religious traditions, and writing systems that have defied anthropological investigation until recently.The question of why these thriving cultures collapsed so suddenly when faced with the European conquest is explored, as are comparisons with ancient Old World civilizations of the Middle East and Asia.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813313832
(229mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 22-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard E. W. Adams
Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Hardback (April 2000)» View all books by Richard E. W. Adams
This book gives a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the history of all the important native civilizations of Mesoamerica.
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Author Biography - Richard E. W. Adams
Richard E.W. Adams is professor of anthropology at the University of Texas. His many scholarly publications include Prehistoric Mesoamerica.
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