Berdan, Frances. The Aztecs of Central Mexico: an imperial society

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Aztecs of Central Mexico: an imperial society

Published By: Original publisher New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston. 1982. xi, 195 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Frances F. Berdan

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Central Mexico Postclassic (NU93)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Classes (565); Status, role, and prestige (554); History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Taxation and public income (651); Instigation of war (721); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Organized ceremonial (796); Spirits and gods (776); ;

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph is an ethnographic reconstruction of Aztec culture as it flourished in the period immediately preceding the Conquest (1519-1520). It is based on a variety of documents in Nahuatl and Spanish, most of which were written immediately or soon after the Conquest. Although this case study is based on documents produced by others, the reconstruction of Aztec life is as vivid and detailed as though it were the product of direct participation-observation (pp. v-vi). Ethnographic topics include information on culture history, economics, social structure, daily life, politics, warfare, religious organization and beliefs, artistic achievements, and the Aztec's adaptation to Spanish rule.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nu93-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-195)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist, Ethnologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 2008

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1350-479 BP (650-1521 AD)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Aztecs


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