The Aztec Kings: The Construction of Rulership in Mexica History

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Author: Gillespie, Susan D (1952- )

Year: 1989

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Place: Tucson


xli+272pp with maps, figures, tables, bibliography, appendixes and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/2") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. 1st edition.

This work is the first major study to take into account the Aztec cyclical conception of time-which required that history constantly be reinterpreted to achieve continuity between past and present-and to treat indigenous historical traditions as symbolic statements in narrative form. Gillespie focuses on the dynastic histroy of the Mexica of Tenochtitlan, whose stories reval how the Aztecs used "history" to consturct, elaborate, and reify ideas about the nature of rulership and the cyclical nature of the cosmos, and how they projected the Spanish conquest deep into the Aztec past in order to make history accommodate that event.


Points rubbed. Jacket edge wear with some closed tears. A very good to fine copy in a near fine dust jacket.

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