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Ancient Maya Commerce : Multidisciplinary Research at Chunchucmil

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ISBN: 9781607325390 9781607326977 9781607327233 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100078
Subject: Archaeology
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Nearly two decades of research at Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico documented a thriving city of 40,000 people without the powerful kings and massive temples seen at other Maya centers. What brought people to this area, the driest in the Maya world, and how did they survive? Ancient Maya Commerce provides a pioneering study in economic anthropology, making the strongest case yet that ancient Maya economies were quite complex, containing markets in addition to other forms of exchange. Multiple lines of evidence including household archaeology, regional survey, paleo-ecology and soil chemistry show that Chunchucmil was a major center for both short and long distance trade, integrating the Guatemalan highlands, the Gulf of Mexico and the interior of the northern Maya lowlands. By placing Chunchucmil into the broader context of emerging research at other Maya cities, this book helps reorient our understanding of ancient Maya economies, foregrounding the increasingly important role of commerce.

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Anthropology Without Informants : Collected Works in Paleoanthropology by L.G. Freeman

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ISBN: 9780870819476 9781607327066 Year: Pages: 352 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100335
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"It is my sincere hope that this volume will be much read and reflected upon by new generations of American students of prehistoric archaeologists. Freeman's career is a model for long-term international collaboration, theoretical eclecticism, the centrality of field research, and the ability to 'dream big,' but with a commonsense approach to the record and its limitations." Lawrence Guy Straus, Journal of Anthropological Research

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Archaeology

Confronting the "Good Death" : Nazi Euthanasia on Trial, 1945-1953

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ISBN: 9780870818097 9781607327080 Year: Pages: 288 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100337
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"The scholarship devoted to the complicity of German physicians in the Holocaust is rich and detailed, but there remains, as Michael Bryant demonstrates, still more to learn. It is well established that the techniques employed by the Nazis to exterminate Jews and others in concentration camps were first applied to people in state hospitals who were deemed mentally disabled or terminally ill. What has been less thoroughly investigated is the postwar response of both the Allies and the Germans to these atrocities. Bryant fills the gap with a systematic account of the judicial proceedings against those charged with killing the disabled." New England Journal of Medicine

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Embracing Watershed Politics

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ISBN: 9780870819094 9781607327097 Year: Pages: 248 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100339
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In Embracing Watershed Politics, political scientists Edella Schlager and William Blomquist provide timely illustrations and thought-provoking explanations of why political considerations are essential, unavoidable, and in some ways even desirable elements of decision making about water and watersheds. With decades of combined study of water management in the United States, they focus on the many contending interests and communities found in America's watersheds, the fundamental dimensions of decision making, and the impacts of science, complexity, and uncertainty on watershed management.

Encounter with the Plumed Serpent : Drama and Power in the Heart of Mesoamerica

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Book Series: Mesoamerican Worlds ISBN: 9780870818684 9781607327103 Year: Pages: 448 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100340
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The Mixtec, or the people of Savi ("Nation of the Rain God"), one of the major civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica, made their home in the highlands of Oaxaca, where they resisted both Aztec military expansion and the Spanish conquest. This book presents and interprets the sacred histories narrated in the Mixtec codices, the largest surviving collection of pre-Columbian manuscripts in existence. In these screenfold books, ancient painter-historians chronicled the politics of the Mixtec from approximately a.d. 900 to 1521, portraying the royal families, rituals, wars, alliances, and ideology of the times. By analyzing and cross-referencing the codices, which have been fragmented and dispersed in far-flung archives, the authors attempt to reconstruct Mixtec history. Adding useful interpretation and commentary, Jansen and Perez Jimenez synthesize the large body of surviving documents into the first unified narrative of Mixtec sacred history.

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Anthropology

Indians and Mestizos in the "Lettered City" : Reshaping Justice, Social Hierarchy, and Political Culture in Colonial Peru

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ISBN: 9781607320180 9781607320197 9781607327127 Year: Pages: 320 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100346
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"This book brings to light these indigenous intellectuals' dynamic efforts to shape their own social and political status in the Spanish Empire. For the historian of colonial Spanish America or Peru, it provides an enticing overview of a transatlantic political discourse and suggests interesting avenues for future research." Emily Berquist, Hispanic American Historical Review

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History

Legacies of Space and Intangible Heritage : Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and the Politics of Cultural Continuity in the Americas

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ISBN: 9781607325710 9781607327004 9781607327202 Year: Pages: 208 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100081
Subject: Archaeology
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This volume looks at how different physical environments contribute to the reproduction of cultural forms even in the wake of colonization, migration, and other processes of displacement and change. This raises the question of whether cultural practices are altered by changes in physical environment or if a group’s narratives and practices shape their location. Using case studies from North and South America, the contributors reveal a pattern of abandonment and reestablishment of settlements and how collective memory drives people back to culturally meaningful sites. Through the lenses of archaeology and ethnohistory and by examining the politics of cultural continuity, the authors argue that there is a complex relationship between a people’s heritage and the landscape that affects the making of “place.”

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Anthropology

The Lords of Lambityeco : Political Evolution in the Valley of Oaxaca during the Xoo Phase

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Book Series: Mesoamerican Worlds ISBN: 9780870819513 9781607327158 Year: Pages: 488 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100347
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"The definitive volume of this Late Classic site. . . . an important contribution to Oaxaca archaeology and to understanding Monte Alb at its peak and during its demise." Veronica Perez Rodriguez, American Anthropologist

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Archaeology

Making the White Man's West

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ISBN: 9781607325635 Year: Pages: 312 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: History
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In the early nineteenth century, critics like Zebulon Pike and Washington Irving viewed the West as a “dumping ground” for free blacks and Native Americans, a place where they could be segregated from the white communities east of the Mississippi River. But as immigrant populations and industrialization took hold in the East, white Americans began to view the West as a “refuge for real whites.” The West had the most diverse population in the nation with substantial numbers of American Indians, Hispanics, and Asians, but Anglo-Americans could control these mostly disenfranchised peoples and enjoy the privileges of power while celebrating their presence as providing a unique regional character. The first comprehensive study to examine the construction of white racial identity in the West, Making the White Man’s West shows how these two visions of the West shaped the history of the region and influenced a variety of contemporary social issues in the West today.This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

Mixtec Evangelicals

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ISBN: 9781607325642 9781607324232 Year: Pages: 161 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Ethnology
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MIXTEC EVANGELICALS is a comparative ethnography of four Mixtec communities in Oaxaca, detailing the process by which economic migration and religious conversion combine to change the social and cultural makeup of predominantly folk-Catholic communities. The book describes the effects on the home communities of the Mixtecs who travel to northern Mexico and the United States in search of wage labor and return having converted from their rural Catholic roots to Evangelical Protestant religions. O’Connor demonstrates the ways that neoliberal policies have forced Mixtecs to migrate and how migration provides the contexts for conversion. Converts challenge the set of customs governing their Mixtec villages by refusing to participate in the Catholic ceremonies and social gatherings that are at the center of traditional village life. Home communities have responded in a number of ways—ranging from expulsion of converts to partial acceptance and adjustments within the village.

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Anthropology --- History

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