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This paper analyzes and reviews Lucien Biart's seminal work on Aztec culture entitled "The Aztecs: Their History, Manners, and Customs." The paper describes Biart's book, which was published in 1887, as written during a time of ignorance about pre-Colombian Mexico. Then it discusses the structure of the book chapter by chapter. According to the paper, the first half of the work is a chronological look at the evolution of human societies in Mexico, and the second half explores their culture. The review also examines flaws in "The Aztecs," such as the lack of citations and the over glorification of Aztec culture. The paper concludes by stating that "The Aztecs" comes across as being a noteworthy starting point for in-depth research into Aztec historiography.
From the Paper:"The first half of the book offers a basically chronological look at the evolution of human societies in Mexico. However, Biart's organization is not strictly chronological. Chapter 1 introduces the material with a thorough evaluation of Mexico's geography: including its diverse climate and terrain. Biart suggests that geography informs the development of culture. Geography determines which plants and crops grow and which animals flourish. Moreover, a geographic analysis helps historians understand how warring factions might have used terrain as a military advantage. Biart also suggests that geography may have impacted the interactions between indigenous Aztecs and the conquistadors."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Biart, Lucien. The Aztecs: Their History, Manners, and Customs. New York: Bibliolife, 2008.
Cite this Book Review:
"The Aztecs: Their History, Manners, and Customs" - A Review (2011, January 11) Retrieved July 16, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-aztecs-their-history-manners-and-customs-a-review-146673/
""The Aztecs: Their History, Manners, and Customs" - A Review" 11 January 2011. Web. 16 July. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-aztecs-their-history-manners-and-customs-a-review-146673/>