- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521732077
- ISBN-13: 978-0521732079
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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The Cost of Courage in Aztec Society: Essays on Mesoamerican Society and Culture
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Tenochitlan, the Aztec city, was the creation of war. The courage and stamina of its young fighting men was indisputable. In the title work of this pathbreaking collection of essays, Inga Clendinnen discusses why warfare was so central to Aztec society and the ways in which the Aztecs understood their relationship to the forces governing the world and the heavens. Aztec rhetoric and Aztec ritual were unified in the endeavor to sustain a social order sufficiently in harmony with the natural order.
About the Author
Inga Clendinnen is Emeritus Scholar in History at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her publications include Aztecs (Cambridge, 1991), Reading the Holocaust (Cambridge, 1999), and Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1579 (second edition, Cambridge, 2003). Her memoir, Tiger's Eye, was published in 2001; her Boyer Lectures, True Stories, in 1999; and a collection of her literary essays, Agamemnon's Kiss, in 2006. Her book on the meeting between the First Fleet and Aboriginal Australians, Dancing with Strangers (Cambridge, 2003), won several awards, including the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize.
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