A Concise History of the Aztecs Paperback / softback
Part of the Cambridge Concise Histories series
Paperback / softback
Susan Kellogg's history of the Aztecs offers a concise yet comprehensive assessment of Aztec history and civilization, emphasizing how material life and the economy functioned in relation to politics, religion, and intellectual and artistic developments.
Appreciating the vast number of sources available but also their limitations, Kellogg focuses on three concepts throughout - value, transformation, and balance.
Aztecs created value, material, and symbolic worth. Value was created through transformations of bodies, things, and ideas.
The overall goal of value creation and transformation was to keep the Aztec world-the cosmos, the earth, its inhabitants-in balance, a balance often threatened by spiritual and other forms of chaos.
The book highlights the ethnicities that constituted Aztec peoples and sheds light on religion, political and economic organization, gender, sexuality and family life, intellectual achievements, and survival.
Seeking to correct common misperceptions, Kellogg stresses the humanity of the Aztecs and problematizes the use of the terms 'human sacrifice', 'myth', and 'conquest'.