War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica by Ross Hassig

By Ross Hassig

During this learn of battle in historic Mesoamerica, Ross Hassig deals new perception into 3 thousand years of Mesoamerican heritage, from approximately 1500 B.C. to the Spanish conquest. He examines the equipment, reasons, and values of struggle as practiced by way of the main pre-Columbian societies and indicates how war affected the increase of the country.

Show description

Read Online or Download War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica PDF

Similar central america books

Archaeology in Latin America

This pioneering and accomplished survey is the 1st assessment of present subject matters in Latin American archaeology written completely through teachers local to the area, and it makes their amassed services to be had to an English-speaking viewers for the 1st time.
The participants conceal the main major matters within the archaeology of Latin the United States, resembling the domestication of camelids, the emergence of city society in Mesoamerica, the frontier of the Inca empire, and the particularly little identified archaeology of the Amazon basin.
This booklet attracts jointly key parts of study in Latin American archaeological idea right into a coherent entire; no different quantity in this zone has ever handled any such different diversity of topics, and a few of the international locations tested have by no means sooner than been the topic of a neighborhood examine.

Ancient Maya Commoners

A lot of what we at present learn about the traditional Maya issues the actions of the elites who governed the societies and left documents in their deeds carved at the huge structures and sculptures that stay as silent testimony to their strength and standing. yet what can we recognize of the typical folks who worked to construct the temple complexes and palaces and grew the foodstuff that fed all of Maya society?

On the Trail of the Maya Explorer: Tracing the Epic Journey of John Lloyd Stephens

A Mesoamerican trip e-book from views and centuries. In 1839 John Lloyd Stephens, then 31 years previous, and his touring better half, artist Frederick Catherwood, disappeared into the immense rain wooded area of japanese Guatemala. that they had heard rumors that is still of a civilization of incomparable creative and cultural advantage have been moldering within the steamy lowland jungles.

Lonely Planet Guatemala

Lonely Planet: The world's major go back and forth consultant writer Lonely Planet Guatemala is your passport to all of the so much suitable and updated recommendation on what to determine, what to pass, and what hidden discoveries watch for you. discover the road markets of Chichicastenango, climb the radiant Maya ruins of Tikal or dip your feet within the airy Lago de Atitlan; all along with your depended on commute significant other.

Extra info for War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica

Example text

Although most early armies did not formally march, some discipline had to be observed to keep them together and moving, and march figures offer some basis for calculating the minimum space needed for the movement of troops. 56 Thus, even a small force marching in single file would stretch out for a considerable distance. Lengthy columns can be minimized by increasing the number of files, but this is limited by the size of the roads that would Page 22 Rainfall map of Mesoamerica. Page 23 have been used.

25 percent of the males), although the proportions probably differ by society. The Olmecs had denser populations than those in the surrounding areas, but even major Olmec centers had only about a thousand residents, with perhaps a few thousand more in the immediate hinterlands. 44 Although the total Olmec heartland population of about 350,000 people45 could have produced a sizable army for its dayup to 7,648 soldiers, drawing on all elite males between twenty and fifty years of age, or 4,527 if the cutoff age was thirty-fivethey probably did not.

Thus, Olmec battles probably devolved into battles between pairs of adversaries. The Olmecs also stand out from earlier groups by the evident professionalism of their military. 39 Specialized weapons required specialized training because, for the first time, military skills could not be adapted directly from utilitarian pursuits because these weapons had no peaceful use. This training was probably carried out by military societies because Olmec populations were too small to support formal schools.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.55 of 5 – based on 50 votes

admin