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Osprey Publishing
31 May 2018
History; History of the Americas; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700; Colonialism & imperialism; Military history; Battles & campaigns
In 1519, the Conquistador Hernan Cortes landed on the mainland of the Americas. His quest to serve God, win gold, and achieve glory drove him into the heartland of what is now Mexico, where no European had ever set foot before. He marched towards to the majestic city of Tenochtitlan, floating like a jewel in the midst of Lake Texcoco. This encounter brought together cultures that had hitherto evolved in complete isolation from each other - Catholic Spain and the Aztec Empire. What ensued was the swift escalation from a clash of civilizations to a war of the worlds. At the conclusion of the Conquistador campaign of 1519-21, Tenochtitlan lay in ruins, the last Aztec Emperor was in chains, and Spanish authority over the native peoples had been definitively asserted. With the colourful personalities - Cortes, Malinche, Pedro Alvarez, Cuitlahuac, Cuauhtemoc - driving the narrative, and the vivid differences in uniforms, weapons, and fighting styles between the rival armies (displayed using stunning specially commissioned artwork), this is the fascinating story of the collapse of the Aztec Empire.
By:   Si Sheppard
Illustrated by:   Peter Dennis (Illustrator)
Maps by:   Paul Kime, Bounford.com Bounford.com
Associate editor:   Nikolai Bogdanovic (Ilios editor)
Imprint:   Osprey Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   321
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   308g
ISBN:   9781472820181
ISBN 10:   1472820185
Series:   Campaign
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   31 May 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

London-born Si Sheppard completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in New Zealand before receiving his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in the United States. He is currently an associate professor of political science and international relations at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York, and has written several titles for Osprey focusing on the interrelationship between geography, technology, and strategy. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Reviews for Tenochtitlan 1519-21: Clash of Civilizations

...highly recommended due to the superior writing ability of the author, the spectacular artwork by the illustrator, the amount of detail contained within, and the fresh view of a story that is not as familiar to most as it should be. This story, and this book, deserve your attention. - IPMS / USA


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