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Law and Politics in Aztec Texcoco

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Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: April 1984
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2001
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521234757

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  • This book addresses two important deficiencies in the fields of Aztec studies and the anthropology of law. It is the first modern analysis of the legal system of any Aztec state and the first comprehensive study of the history and culture of Texcoco, the second most important Aztec city. Law controlled the institutions and processes that were of central importance in all Aztec societies, such as land tenure, inheritance, kinship relations, business, trade, and local and imperial administration. This analysis of the Aztec legal system provides a guide to the poorly understood social and political structures of the various Aztec states and the political dynamics within these states. Legal change, internal factionalism, and Texcocan jurisprudence are examined as important indicators of social and cultural transformations. Offner has concentrated on discovering relationships inherent in the Aztec data rather than interpreting data in terms of externally derived evolutionary theories. By presenting Texcocan legal systems within the context of other major sociocultural subsystems, this work should provide students of Aztec society and of the anthropology of law with new and reliable findings for further substantive and theoretical elaboration.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1984
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521234757
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 210 x 138 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.535kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2001
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables, figures and maps
    List of abbreviations and symbols
    1. The setting and early history of Texcocan imperial development
    2. The legal history of Texcocan
    3. The structure of the Texcocan empire
    4. The political and legal dynamics of Texcocan
    5. Local-level organization in the Texcocan empire: the lower legal levels of Texcocan
    6. The development and maturation of the Texcocan legal system: principles of Texcocan jurisprudence
    7. Conclusion

  • Author

    Jerome A. Offner

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