Higher Education

Aztecs of Central Mexico: An Imperial Society, 2nd Edition

  • Frances Berdan California State University, San Bernardino
  • ISBN-10: 0534627285  |  ISBN-13: 9780534627287
  • 192 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1982
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.75



Berdan's book covers the compelling story of a complex, imperial society in Central Mexico during the 15th and 16th centuries. It uses pre- and post-Spanish conquest documents and illustrations, as well as archaeological discoveries, to reconstruct the variety and "feel" of Aztec daily life at various status levels. The strength of Berdan's case study has always been its ethnographic perspective.

Table of Contents

1. Mexico and Mexica.
2. Economic Organization.
3. Social Structure and Dynamics.
4. Daily Life.
5. Imperial Politics and Warfare.
6. Religious Organization and Beliefs.
7. Intellectual and Artistic Achievements.
8. The Consequences of Conquest.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Frances Berdan

Frances Berdan received her B.A. degree in geography at Michigan State University in 1965 and her Ph.D. degree in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. She has a long career in both ethnographic and archaeological field research, working in the American Southwest and Mexico. Berdan's research interests include ethnographic research in a Mexican peasant community, and archival and ethnographic research on the Aztecs and Spanish conquest in Mexico City and Seville, Spain. Berdan is currently a professor of anthropology and the coordinator of the Latin American Studies Program at California State University, San Bernardino.