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.
History and Culture of a Native American Civilization
Author: Robert M. Carmack,Janine L. Gasco,Gary H. Gossen
Category: Social Science
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.
Author: Emmanuel Akyeampong,Robert H. Bates,Nathan Nunn,James Robinson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Business & Economics
Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
This book is focused on the native peoples of Central America. Robert Carmack examines their history, societies and cultures, and relates their many historical accomplishments to larger world history.
Their Societies, Cultures, and Histories
Author: Robert M. Carmack
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Social Science
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.
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
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.
In the Trenches of Academe
Author: Rodolfo F. Acuna,Rodolfo Acuña
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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.
An Epic Story of the Chiapas Mayas
Author: Gary H. Gossen
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Category: Social Science
Category: Hispanic Americans
Contributors research concepts of Maya identity.
comparison and representation in Maya cultures, histories, and identities
Author: John Mamoru Watanabe,Edward F. Fischer
Publisher: James Currey
Author: Ferdinand Anders,Maarten Evert Reinoud Gerard Nicolaas Jansen
Category: Indians of Mexico
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.
Combined Brief Edition
Author: Albert M. Craig,William A. Graham,Donald Kagan,Steven Ozment,Frank M. Turner
Kenneth Burke was arguably the most important rhetorician and critical theorist of the 20th Century. "The Elements of Dramatism " is the first pragmatic introduction to the work of Kenneth Burke for those interested in communication and language. "" This brief paperback focuses on the analytical methods Burke coined as dramatism, which has exerted an enormous influence for many years on people interested in the dynamics of human communication and symbol-use in many areas of study, particularly composition and speech communication. Each chapter includes discussions of key concepts in the context of dramatism and rhetoric, extended applications of these concepts to a variety of rhetorical problems and forms (including literature, photography, and film), and clear guidelines for applying these strategies. Longer applications and illustrations of key concepts are accompanied by readings that elaborate them or serve as sources of analysis. The book makes available some of Burke's most important and accessible discussions and applications of dramatism. For those interested in communication and language
Author: William A. Graham,Donald Kagan,Steven Ozment,Frank M. Turner
Publisher: Pearson College Division
Examines Mesoamerican mythmakers and cultural history, mythic timelines, deities, themes, and concepts.
Author: Kay Almere Read,Jason J. González
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
a Mexican Indian describes his culture
Author: Harvey Russell Bernard,Jesús Salinas Pedraza
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
Publisher Fact Sheet This landmark book offers the first comprehensive description & analysis of gender & power relations in prehispanic Mesoamerica for the Formative Period Olmec world through the Postclassic Maya & Aztec societies of the 16th century A.D.
Author: Rosemary A. Joyce
Soziales Gleichgewicht und Gesundheit
Author: Richard G. Wilkinson
Atlantis is a legendary continent that is said to have disappeared very suddenly in the ancient past. Spence puts forth evidence that Atlantis was located in the Western hemispherein and around Central America. He does a great job comparing Indian myths from various lands including Peru, Brazil, Central America, North America, and the Atlantean story from the great philosopher, Plato. Many myths duplicate themselves between cultures, leading one to believe in a common source. That source, according to Spence, was Atlantis. The one book on Atlantis that should not be missed.
Author: Lewis Spence
Publisher: Book Tree
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit