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  1. Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control (The Civilization of the American Indian Series)
    Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control (The Civilization of the American Indian Series)
    Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control (The Civilization of the American Indian Series)
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  2. Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control (The Civilization of the American Indian Series)

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In exploring the pattern and methods of Aztec expansion, Ross Hassig focuses on political and economic factors. Because they lacked numerical superiority, faced logistical problems presented by the terrain, and competed with agriculture for manpower, the Aztecs relied as much on threats and the image of power as on military might to subdue enemies and hold them in their orbit. Hassig describes the role of war in the everyday life of the capital, Tenochtitlan: the place of the military in Aztec society; the education and training of young warriors; the organization of the army; the use of weapons and armor; and the nature of combat.

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Ross Hassig
Brand: University of Oklahoma Press
First Edition
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University of Oklahoma Press
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Oklahoma Press
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This is probably the best book you can buy to get a good academic introduction to the Aztec Triple Alliance and their conquests. The book itself is written well (you won't fall asleep reading it), and the information contained within is excellently sourced and supplemented by pictures, maps, and a glossary of Nahuatl words. Hassig goes into great detail about the Aztec "home front" and does a great job explaining the nuances of mesoamerican politics and political control (one would hope so, considering the title). After that, you get a king by king and later emperor by emperor account of Aztec military history and a thorough, fair explanation of why and how the Aztecs were defeated by the Spaniards. Would recommend to anyone as a jumping off point for learning about the situation in late postclassic mesoamerica, as there really isn't a better book (that I know of) for this subject.
While Hassig's writing tends to be a bit dry, _Aztec Warfare_ has much to recommend. Its greatest merit is the organziation. The first 50-odd pages detail the socio-political organization of Meso-America in the 13th and 14th centuries, as well as the military organization and the various types of warfare practiced (ie. "flower wars" - wars waged exclusively by nobles against other nobles, and fought primarily to exert or maintain dominance, as opposed to political wars, fought with much larger numbers, with the direct aim of conquest.) By providing this context, the political history of Aztec expansion - and their eventual demise at the hands of the Spanish is made clear.

The conquest of Meso-America by a handful of Europeans has long intrigued me; while disease, iron, and firearms were certainly all advantages the Spaniards possessed, it was not decisive, and I had little understanding of the political underpinnings of the region that essentially tipped the balance of... Read more
This book was interesting and very detailed. I found Hassig listing out detail after detail throughout the book, making it tedious. If one wants to learn about the Aztecs I would recommend this book, but don't read it expecting much discussion about the evidence.For a military historian I would rate this 5 stars. The only reason it was 3 for this was because it didn't satisfy what I was looking in specific to Aztec culture or provide much opinion.
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