Conflict in the Early Americas

Conflict in the Early Americas : An Encyclopedia of the Spanish Empire's Aztec, Incan, and Mayan Conquests

Edited by Rebecca Seaman

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As the study of world history evolves from a Eurocentric perspective to a more global viewpoint, formerly marginalized groups are now the focus of discussion, revealing a background rich with important military, political, social, and economic achievements. This book examines the once prosperous and powerful native civilizations in Central and South America, discussing the key individuals, strategies, and politics that made these countries strong and indomitable. In spite of this, the author shows how, in only a few generations, Spain defeated these mini-empires, eventually dominating much of the Western Hemisphere. Conflict in the Early Americas: An Encyclopedia of the Spanish Empire's Aztec, Incan, and Mayan Conquests focuses primarily on the defeat of the Aztec, Incan, and Mayan civilizations, but also includes Spanish interactions with lesser-known native groups. Supporting documents including primary sources, maps, and visual aids provide necessary context to this once-untold story.

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  • Hardback | 485 pages
  • 177.8 x 256.54 x 35.56mm | 1,156.65g
  • 31 Aug 2013
  • ABC-CLIO
  • Santa Barbara
  • English
  • New.
  • 50
  • 1598847767
  • 9781598847765

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Rebecca M. Seaman, PhD, is professor of history and chair of the department of history and political science at Elizabeth City State University, NC. She received her doctorate from Auburn University.

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"This encyclopedia touches on three very popular research topics in high schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities, and will find an appreciative and eager readership." - ARBA "This handy reference tackles a dark and often misunderstood chapter in the history of the early Americas ... a diverse selection of topics are covered in the well-chosen, individually signed 280 entries ... cogently written and of sound scholarship." - Library Journal "[T]his encyclopedia lives up to its subtitle, and is a compact compendium on a broad topic of study. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers." - Choice

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