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The Resource Fifth sun : a new history of the Aztecs, Camilla Townsend

Fifth sun : a new history of the Aztecs, Camilla Townsend

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Fifth sun : a new history of the Aztecs
Title
Fifth sun
Title remainder
a new history of the Aztecs
Statement of responsibility
Camilla Townsend
Title variation
5th sun
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Five hundred years ago, in November 1519, Hernando Cortés walked along a causeway leading to the capital of the Aztec kingdom and came face to face with Moctezuma. That story--and the story of what happened afterwards--has been told many times, but always from the point of view of the Europeans. After all, we have been taught, it was the Europeans who held the pens. But the Native Americans were more intrigued by the Roman alphabet than the Spaniards ever knew. Unbeknownst to the newcomers, the Aztecs took it home and used it to write detailed histories in their own language of Nahuatl. Until recently, these sources remained obscure, only partially translated, and almost never consulted by scholars. For the first time, in Fifth Sun, the history of the Aztecs is offered in all its complexity, in an account based solely on the texts written by the people themselves. The Aztecs suddenly appear as real people, rather than the exotic, bloody figures of stereotypes. The conquest is neither an apocalyptic moment, nor an origin story launching Mexicans into existence. This book presents the story of Native Americans who had a history of their own long before the Europeans arrived and who used their talents to survive when the worst of times came upon them. It shows people who realigned their political allegiances, accommodated new obligations, adopted new technologies (such as alphabetic writing and European paper), and carried on. This revisionist history of the Aztecs explores the experience of a once-powerful people facing the trauma of conquest--as well as their survival and continuity--offering an accessible and humanized depiction of a civilization for experts and non-specialists alike."--Provided by publisher
Writing style
Award
Cundill Prize in History, 2020.
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10838234
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
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Townsend, Camilla
Dewey number
972
Index
index present
LC call number
F1219.73
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Aztecs
  • Aztecs
  • Aztecs
  • Mexico
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a new history of the Aztecs
Label
Fifth sun : a new history of the Aztecs, Camilla Townsend
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The trail from the Seven Caves (before 1299) -- People of the valley (1350s-1450s) -- The city on the lake (1470-1518) -- Strangers to us people here -- A war to end all wars (1520-1521) -- Early days (1520s-1550s) -- Crisis: The Indians talk back (1560s) -- The grandchildren (1570s-1620s) -- Epilogue -- Appendix: How scholars study the Aztecs
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 320 pages
Isbn
9780190673062
Lccn
2019003623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
2019003623
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Fifth sun : a new history of the Aztecs, Camilla Townsend
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The trail from the Seven Caves (before 1299) -- People of the valley (1350s-1450s) -- The city on the lake (1470-1518) -- Strangers to us people here -- A war to end all wars (1520-1521) -- Early days (1520s-1550s) -- Crisis: The Indians talk back (1560s) -- The grandchildren (1570s-1620s) -- Epilogue -- Appendix: How scholars study the Aztecs
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 320 pages
Isbn
9780190673062
Lccn
2019003623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
2019003623
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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