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Aztecs and Mayas: General Works

Aguilar-Moreno, Manuel. Handbook to Life in the Aztec World. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2006.

Berdan, Frances F. The Aztecs of Central Mexico: An Imperial Society. 2nd ed. Belmont, Cal.: Thomson Wadsworth, 2005.

Biart, Lucien. The Aztecs: Their History, Manners and Customs. Chicago: McClury and Co., 1887.

Calnek, Edward. "The Internal Structure of Tenochtitlan." In Valley of Mexico: Studies of Pre-Hispanic Ecology and Society, edited by Eric Wolf. Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico Press, 1976.

Carasco, David, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America. 3 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Clancy, Flora S., and Peter D. Harrison. Vision and Revision in Maya Studies. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1990.

Clendenin, Inga. Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatán, 1517–1570. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Coe, Michael D. The Maya. 7th ed. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2005.

Coe, Michael, and Rex Koontz. Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

Culbert, Patrick T., and Don S. Rice, eds. Precolumbian Population History in the Maya Lowlands. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1990.

Farriss, Nancy M. Maya Society Under Colonial Rule: The Collective Enterprise of Survival. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1984.

"Scholarly study of social organization (economy, family, religion and world view, politics, ethnic relations and population changes) of the Maya of Yucatan from late preconquest to 1820. What allowed the Maya to survive, while most other Indian cultures succumbed, is the question that runs through the pages and threads the chapters of this classic work." -- HLAS.

Foster, Lynn V. Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2002.

Hagen, Victor W. Von Los Mayas. Décima novena Reimpresión de la Primera Edición en Español. México, D.F.: Editorial Joaquín Mortíz, 1987.

Hassig, Ross. Time, History, and Belief in Aztec and Colonial Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001.

Hassig, Ross. Trade, Tribute, and Transportation: The Sixteenth-Century Political Economy in the Valley of Mexico. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.

Hassig, Ross. War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Harvey, H.R. Land and Politics in the Valley of Mexico: A Two Thousand Year Perspective. Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico Press, 1991.

Houston, Stephen D., and Takeshi Inomata. The Classic Maya. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Josephy, Alvin M, Jr., ed. America in 1492: The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Columbus. New York: Vintage Books, 1993.

León-Portilla, Miguel. Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.

León-Portilla, Miguel, ed. The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

León-Portilla, Miguel. El Reverso de la Conquista: Relaciones Aztecas, Mayas e Incas. México: Editorial J. Moritz, 2007.

Lucero, Lisa Joyce. Water and Ritual: The Rise and Fall of Classic Maya Rulers. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006.

Mann, Charles C. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. New York: Knopf, 2005.

Marcus, Joyce. “Ancient Maya Political Organization.” In Lowland Maya Civilization in the Eighth Century, edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and John S. Henderson. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1993.

Martin, Simon, and Nikolai Grube. Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya. London: Thames and Hudson, 2000.

McAnany, Patricia. Living with the Ancestors: Kinship and Kingship in Ancient Maya Society. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995.

Nabokov, Peter, ed. Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492-1992. New York: Penguin, 1999.

Native Americans describe their encounter with Europeans in their own words in this documentary, which includes Aztec and Mayan accounts of the conquest. "A strong and moving reminder of a lost dimension in American history," says Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Ruz Lhuillier, Alberto. Los Antiguos Mayas. 3rd ed. México: Editorial Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2000.

Sanders, William T., and Joseph Marino. New World Prehistory: Archaeology of the American Indian. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1970.

Schele, Linda, and David A. Freidel. A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya. New York: Quill/ W. Morrow, 1990.

"Beautifully-written exploration of Maya history from preclassic through classic times, based on the imaginative use of a wide range of archaeological, linguistic, and ethnohistorical evidence." -- HLAS.

Schele, Linda, and Peter Mathews. The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs. New York: Scribner, 1998.

Schroeder, Susan, Stephanie Wood, and Robert Haskett. Indian Women of Early Mexico. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997.

Sharer, Robert J. Daily Life in the Maya Civilization. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Sharer, Robert J., and Loa P. Traxler. The Ancient Maya. 6th ed. Stanford, Ca.: Stanford University Press, 2006.

Smith, Michael Ernest. The Aztecs. 2nd ed. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 2003.

Smith, Michael Ernest. Aztec City-State Capitals. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008.

Townsend, Richard F. The Aztecs. 2nd ed. London: Thames and Hudson, 2000.

Wright, Ronald. Stolen Continents: The Americas Through Indian Eyes Since 1492. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

The author's account of the conquest of the American continent is based on oral and written sources of the Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois.

Zantwijk, Rudolf A.M. van. The Aztec Arrangement: The Social History of Pre-Spanish Mexico. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.