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History of the Inca Realm is a classic work of ethnohistorical research that has been both influential and provocative in the field of Andean prehistory. Maria Rostworowski uses a great variety of published and unpublished documents and secondary works by Latin American, North American, and European scholars to examine topics such as the mythical origins of the Incas, the expansion of the Inca state, the political role of women, the vast trading networks of the coastal merchants, and the causes of the disintegration of the Inca state in the face of a small force of Spaniards.Read more
- The classic work on Andean prehistory and the Incas
- Written by the acknowledged expert in the field
- An overview of the whole subject: Dr Rostworowski presents her own ideas alongside those of other scholars
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"In sum, this book is an excellent Baedeker to Rostworowski's fundamental contributions with respect to the documentation and interpretation of pre-Hispanic Andean political economy." Alan L. Kolata, American Historical ReviewSee more reviews
"This is a masterful work, which presents the most complete single volume treatment of the Incas available in English." Bulletin of The Society of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
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- Date Published: November 1998
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521637596
- length: 272 pages
- dimensions: 226 x 151 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- contains: 21 b/w illus. 3 maps 1 table
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Rise and Apogee of the State:
1. Primitive Cusco
2. The beginnings of Inca expansion
3. Expansion and development
Part II. Organisational Aspects:
4. The social structure of the Inca realm
5. The economic wealth of the Inca realm
6. Economic models
Documents and abbreviations cited
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