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Cambridge University Press
03 December 2020
In Everyday Life in the Aztec World, Frances Berdan and Michael E. Smith offer a view into the lives of real people, doing very human things, in the unique cultural world of Aztec central Mexico. The first section focuses on people from an array of social classes - the emperor, a priest, a feather worker, a merchant, a farmer, and a slave - who interacted in the economic, social and religious realms of the Aztec world. In the second section, the authors examine four important life events where the lives of these and others intersected: the birth and naming of a child, market day, a day at court, and a battle. Through the microscopic views of individual types of lives, and interweaving of those lives into the broader Aztec world, Berdan and Smith recreate everyday life in the final years of the Aztec Empire.
By:   Frances F. Berdan (California State University San Bernardino), Michael E. Smith (Arizona State University)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 227mm,  Width: 151mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9780521736220
ISBN 10:   0521736226
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   03 December 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Frances Berdan is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino. She is the author or co-author of fourteen books on aspects of Aztec culture, most recently Aztec Archaeology and Ethnohistory (Cambridge, 2014). Her 4-volume co-authored The Codex Mendoza (1992) won the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in 1992. Michael E. Smith is Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Director of the ASU Teotihuacan Research Laboratory, he is the author of twelve books, including At Home with the Aztecs: An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life (2016), which won the Best Popular Book award from the Society of American Archaeology in 2017.

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