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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.
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.