In Search of History - The Aztec Empire
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When explorer Hernando Cortés arrived in the New World in 1519, he found the present-day nation of Mexico dominated by the Aztecs. Highly skilled farmers, builders, and merchants, they were also savage warriors who practiced human sacrifice. THE HISTORY CHANNEL® presents a comprehensive profile of this fascinating civilization. Listen as leading scholars trace the rise of the Aztecs from a band of just over 1,000 to the dominant culture of ancient America and learn how the Spanish were able to hasten the fall of this mighty society in mere months. Tour the great temple of Tenochtitlan, where ongoing excavations are unraveling some of the enduring enigmas of the Aztecs, and discover the culture's continued influence in Mexico today. THE AZTEC EMPIRE explores the riveting history of a civilization that rose to dominate nearly all of Mexico in just 400 years. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
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This documentary has interviews from both American and Mexican scholars, it's not one-sided. The work ends by saying Aztec treasures are still being found. I love having that hope that more may be to come.
The documentary was top-focused, meaning the Aztec gods and kings took precedence. I once saw a painting of an Aztec scene which implied that they had clowns. What about those people? Did the Aztecs put boards on their children's head to make them pointy like the Mayas did? What happened in Aztec marketplaces? The film covers Moctezuma and his death. However, according to Stephen Murray's book "Latin American Homosexualities," Moctezuma may have been captured by the Spanish by being seduced by a blond, Spanish male youth. That doesn't come up in this work. Malinche, the Native woman that may have helped the Spanish, is brought up here. However, the contempt that some modern Mexicans and Mexican Americans hold for her is not brought up.
In a different documentary by the History Channel on the Incas, it said the Incas predicted their downfall in 1519 by a foreign force. Here too they bring up that prediction with the Aztec. This seems like too much of a coincidence. I wonder if this is something that imperialist cultures have made up or hype in order to excuses the ravages of imperialism or colonialism.
This work probably just skimmed the surface of the Aztecs. However, for a persont that knows little of that culture, this was an informative work.