Distant Provinces in the Inka Empire

Distant Provinces in the Inka Empire : Toward a Deeper Understanding of Inka Imperialism

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Contributors to this cutting-edge volume incorporate the interaction of archaeological and ethnohistorical research with archaeobotany, biometrics, architecture, and mining engineering, among other fields. The geographical scope of the chapters-which cover the Inka provinces in Bolivia, in southeast Argentina, in southern Chile, along the central and north coast of Peru, and in Ecuador-build upon the many different ways in which conqueror and conquered interacted. Competing factors such as the kinds of resources available in the provinces, the degree of cooperation or resistance manifested by local leaders, the existing levels of political organization convenient to the imperial administration, and how recently a region had been conquered provide a wealth of information on regions previously understudied. Using detailed contextual analyses of Inka and elite residences and settlements in the distant provinces, the essayists evaluate the impact of the empire on the leadership strategies of conquered populations, whether they were Inka by privilege, local leaders acculturated to Inka norms, or foreign mid-level administrators from trusted ethnicities.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 369 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 158729933X
  • 9781587299339

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"Malpass and Alconini have assembled a collection of studies reflecting the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches to Inka provincial strategies. The essays in this volume reflect the dynamic nature of the Inka imperial enterprise, bringing to the fore the role of local interests in the negotiation of administrative practices. The wide range of case studies provides a good reference that adds to a growing international literature."--R. Alan Covey, Southern Methodist Universityshow more

About Michael Andrew Malpass

Michael Malpass is professor of anthropology and Charles A. Dana Professor in the Social Sciences at Ithaca College. His chief publications include "Provincial Inca: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Assessment of the Impact of the Inca State" (Iowa, 1993) and "Daily Life in the Inka Empire, Revised Edition." He has conducted research on the Middle Horizon Wari state, the evolution of agricultural systems during the late prehispanic period in the Colca Valley, Peru, and the archaic adaptations along the Pacific coast during the Preceramic Period. Sonia Alconini is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Among her latest publications are essays in "Latin American Antiquity," ""the "Journal of Anthropological Archaeology," and "Untaming the Frontier in Anthropology, Archaeology and History," in addition to "El Inkario en los Valles del Sur Andino Boliviano: Los Yamparas entre la arqueologia y etnohistoria."show more

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