The Legacy of Mesoamerica

History and Culture of a Native American Civilization

Author: Robert M. Carmack,Janine L. Gasco,Gary H. Gossen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317346785

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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The Legacy of Mesoamerica: History and Culture of a Native American Civilization summarizes and integrates information on the origins, historical development, and current situations of the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica. It describes their contributions from the development of Mesoamerican Civilization through 20th century and their influence in the world community. For courses on Mesoamerica (Middle America) taught in departments of anthropology, history, and Latin American Studies.

The Legacy of Mesoamerica

History and Culture of a Native American Civilization

Author: Robert M. Carmack,Janine Gasco,Gary H. Gossen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 494

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"Comprehensive overview of Mesoamerican cultural traditions. Introductory chapter sketches the Mesoamerican physical setting and the field of Mesoamerican studies. Six chapters of volume's first section present the history of Mesoamerican peoples from pr

Africa's Development in Historical Perspective

Author: Emmanuel Akyeampong,Robert H. Bates,Nathan Nunn,James Robinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139992694

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 4912

This edited volume addresses the root causes of Africa's persistent poverty through an investigation of its longue durée history. It interrogates the African past through disease and demography, institutions and governance, African economies and the impact of the export slave trade, colonialism, Africa in the world economy, and culture's influence on accumulation and investment. Several of the chapters take a comparative perspective, placing Africa's developments aside other global patterns. The readership for this book spans from the informed lay reader with an interest in Africa, academics and undergraduate and graduate students, policy makers, and those in the development world.

The Making of Chicana/o Studies

In the Trenches of Academe

Author: Rodolfo F. Acuna,Rodolfo Acuña

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813550017

Category: Education

Page: 317

View: 3273

The Making of Chicana/o Studies traces the philosophy and historical development of the field of Chicana/o studies from precursor movements to the Civil Rights era to today, focusing its lens on the political machinations in higher education that sought to destroy the discipline. As a renowned leader, activist, scholar, and founding member of the movement to establish this curriculum in the California State University system, which serves as a model for the rest of the country, Rodolfo F. Acuña has, for more than forty years, battled the trend in academia to deprive this group of its academic presence. The book assesses the development of Chicana/o studies (an area of studies that has even more value today than at its inception)--myths about its epistemological foundations have remained uncontested. Acuña sets the record straight, challenging those in the academy who would fold the discipline into Latino studies, shadow it under the dubious umbrella of ethnic studies, or eliminate it altogether. Building the largest Chicana/o studies program in the nation was no easy feat, especially in an atmosphere of academic contention. In this remarkable account, Acuña reveals how California State University, Northridge, was instrumental in developing an area of study that offers more than 166 sections per semester, taught by 26 tenured and 45 part-time instructors. He provides vignettes of successful programs across the country and offers contemporary educators and students a game plan--the mechanics for creating a successful Chicana/o studies discipline--and a comprehensive index of current Chicana/o studies programs nationwide. Latinas/os, of which Mexican Americans are nearly seventy percent, comprise a complex sector of society projected to be just shy of thirty percent of the nation's population by 2050. The Making of Chicana/o Studies identifies what went wrong in the history of Chicana/o studies and offers tangible solutions for the future.

Mesoamerican Mythology

A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs of Mexico and Central America

Author: Kay Almere Read,Jason J. Gonzalez

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195149092

Category: Fiction

Page: 335

View: 8184

An excellent resource, Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology introduces readers to the mythology of Mexico and Central America. Its chief focus is on Mexican Highland and Maya areas, as they were, and are, of utmost importance to Mesoamerican history. An extensive and edifying introduction defines the nature of myth, the Mesoamericans as a people, and the cultural worldview that informed Mesoamerican mythology. The Handbook presents historical and mythological timelines, with each time period and cultural group fully defined. Also featured is a quick geographical and historical survey of Mesoamerica from the Paleoindian Era to the present, as well as a discussion of some of the challenges and possibilities that structure Mesoamerican studies. Moreover, an extensive reference list and a glossary of cultural and mythological terms are included, and pronunciation guides are given throughout. With an annotated bibliography that ranges from film to websites, fiction to poetry, and from introductory to scholarly works, the book is an all-embracing portal to its subject.

Four Creations

An Epic Story of the Chiapas Mayas

Author: Gary H. Gossen

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806133317

Category: Social Science

Page: 1134

View: 8479

Four Creations is a collection of seventy-four stories told to Gary H. Gossen by Tzotzil Maya storytellers in San Juan Chamula, Mexico. Spanning four cycles of creations, destructions, and restorations from the dawn of cosmic order to the present era, this epic history reveals a distinctly Maya vision of the universe, grand in scope yet leavened with local humor, irony, and the Tzotzil narrators’ own critical commentaries. Four Creations includes mythic accounts of modern history, such as the Wars of Independence, the Mexican Revolution, and the current Protestant evangelical movement. Given in both transcribed Tzotzil and English translations, the texts are enlivened by more than one hundred Maya Indian drawings and by Gossen’s extensive ethnographic and historical notes based on his conversations with the narrators and more than thirty-five years of study. Miguel León-Portílla’s Foreword situates Four Creations within the broader context of Mesoamerican culture and traditions, while the Afterword by Jan Rus relates this work to recent events in modern-day Chamula.

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Hispanic Americans

Page: N.A

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The Heritage of World Civilizations

Combined Brief Edition

Author: Albert M. Craig,William A. Graham,Donald Kagan,Steven Ozment,Frank M. Turner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780130340658

Category: History

Page: 587

View: 3315

Brief yet detailed, this book provides a thoughtful history of human civilizations while maintaining a balance between the Western world and the rest of global civilization. It covers the general intellectual and material history of human societies and cultures that have left some kind of written and/or archeological record behind. A seven-part organization covers the coming of civilization, empires and cultures of the ancient world, consolidation and interaction of world civilizations, the world in transition, enlightenment and revolution in the west, the modern world, and global conflict and change. For anyone trying to understand the historical experiences that have informed and shaped the world's cultures.

Pluralizing ethnography

comparison and representation in Maya cultures, histories, and identities

Author: John Mamoru Watanabe,Edward F. Fischer

Publisher: James Currey

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 353

View: 6890

Contributors research concepts of Maya identity.

Handbook of Latin American Studies

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Latin America

Page: 931

View: 7203

Contains scholarly evaluations of books and book chapters as well as conference papers and articles published worldwide in the field of Latin American studies. Covers social sciences and the humanities in alternate years.

Handbook to Life in the Aztec World

Author: Manuel Aguilar-Moreno

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195330830

Category: History

Page: 440

View: 6002

Since its violent dissolution in 1521, the Aztec Empire of Mexico has continually intrigued us. Recent discoveries resulting from the excavation of the Templo Mayor in the heart of Mexico City have taught us even more about this fascinating culture. The increasing recognition that the achievements of Mesoamerican civilizations were among the most sophisticated of the ancient world has led to a demand for introductions to the basic methods and theories of scholars working throughout the region. Handbook to Life in the Aztec World gathers the results from recent archaeological discoveries and scholarly research into a single accessible volume. Organized thematically, the handbook covers all aspects of life in the Aztec world: Mesoamerican civilizations and Aztec archeology; evolution of Aztec civilization; geography of the Aztec world; society and government; religion, cosmology, and mythology; funerary beliefs and customs; Aztec art; Aztec architecture; Nahuatl literature; the calendar, astronomy, and mathematics; economy, industry, and trade; daily life; the Aztec after conquest and today. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography, and more than 165 original line drawings, photographs, and maps complement the text. Handbook to Life in the Aztec World provides all the essential information required by anyone interested in Aztec history or culture.

Kolumbus' Erbe

Wie Menschen, Tiere, Pflanzen die Ozeane überquerten und die Welt von heute schufen

Author: Charles C. Mann

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 364403771X

Category: History

Page: 816

View: 8220

«Das beste Sachbuch des Jahres.» TIME Die Entdeckung Amerikas war für das Leben auf unserem Planeten das folgenreichste Ereignis seit dem Aussterben der Dinosaurier. Denn: Millionen Jahre waren die Hemisphären weitgehend voneinander isoliert gewesen. Mit Kolumbus traten sie in einen Austausch. Menschen und Pflanzen, Tiere und Krankheiten gelangten per Schiff in neue Lebensräume und schufen eine Welt, in der nichts blieb, wie es einmal gewesen war. Das hatte auch gravierende politische Konsequenzen: Der «kolumbische Austausch» trug mehr als alles andere dazu bei, dass Europa zur Weltmacht aufstieg und China verdrängte. Charles C. Mann zeichnet ein spannendes Panorama dieser Vorgänge, das Kontinente und Jahrhunderte umfasst. Ein großartiges Lesevergnügen für alle Wissensdurstigen! «Herausragend.» The New York Times «Ein faszinierendes und vielschichtiges Buch, das auf vorbildliche Weise sprechende Fakten mit gutem Geschichtenerzählen vereint.» The Washington Post

La Lotería

Una Ventana en la Cultura E Historia de México

Author: Sue Erickson Nieland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780976345718

Category: Art

Page: 85

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Latin America

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Author: Julio López-Arias,Gladys Varona-Lacey

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780820434797

Category: History

Page: 307

View: 1590

'Latin America - An Interdisciplinary Approach' presents a broad perspective of Latin America and highlights its major events, issues, and political, social, and economic changes. The book contains articles written by expert scholars representing differen