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Maya Society Under Colonial Rule: The Collective Enterprise of Survival Paperback – June 1, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0691101583 ISBN-10: 0691101582 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 585 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st edition (June 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691101582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691101583
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 1985 Albert J. Beveridge Award in American History, American Historical Association

Winner of the 1985 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Award, American Society for Ethnohistory

Winner of the 1985 Herbert Eugene Bolton Memorial Prize, Conference on Latin American History

"[T]his book deserves to become a classic because it is not only the best book on colonial Yucatan but also one of the best ever on Mesoamerica…. Its strongest point is that it is sheer scholarship, well conceived, researched, and written by one whose intellectual vision transcends the narrowing and arbitrary boundaries that separate the various academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities."--Joseph A. Whitecotton, American Historical Review

"[A] remarkably comprehensive, impressive piece of work which opens a new era in our approach to the history of Indian society under Spanish rule."--David Brading, Times Literary Supplement

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Concerned US Citizen on October 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Maya before the Spanish conquest were one of the largest groups of Indians in what is known today as the Latin American Realm. The Maya are considered to have been one of the more intellectually inclined societies, with their origin reaching back to around 1800-1500 BC. Their elaborately structured hieroglyphic writing continues to beguile those who seek to decipher it. Just as significant as their hieroglyphs in evidencing their mental acuity was their advanced mathematics and astronomy. By 900 AD the Mayans for unknown reasons departed from their cultural centers throughout the Yucatan peninsula and its outlying areas, and moved into a more subdued lifestyle. This latter day Maya was the one that the Spanish encountered during their conquest of this region of the world beginning in the 16th Century. Nancy Farriss' Maya Under Colonial Rule picks up the story of the Maya during the early part of the 16th Century after they were "discovered" by one of the lieutenants of Hernan Cortez, Francisco de Montejo. As the author points out early, the Maya were not conquered as easily as the Aztecs had been. She cites the main factor that necessitated a twenty-year effort, rather than the two-year conquest in the case of the Aztecs, had been the Mayan's absence of a strong centralized form of empire. Eventually the Mayans were of course conquered. The Spanish conquest of the Maya in the Yucatan was not nearly as devastating as their effort against the Aztecs. The Maya, even though they were subjugated like the Aztecs, and their own social power structure demolished, they remained intact for a much longer stretch of time.Read more ›
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By Mary K. Scott on January 30, 2013
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This is required reading for Mayanists or Maya enthusiasts. It is the go to book for the colonial period among the Maya, and covers so many different areas of that period (economics, social hierarchy, religion and syncretism, art...) that the reader gains a very full and rich picture of what this period was like, both on the side of the Maya as well as the Spaniards.
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