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- DescriptionThis provocative examination of Aztec marriage practices offers a powerful analysis of the dynamics of society and politics in Mexico before and after the Spanish conquest. The author surveys what it means to be polygyus by comparing the practice in other cultures, past and present, and he uses its demographic consequences to flesh out this understudied topic in Aztec history. Polygyny provided Aztec women with opportunities for upward social mobility. It also led to increased migration to Techtitlan and influenced royal succession as well as united the empire. Surprisingly, the shift to mogamy that the Aztecs experienced in a single generation took over a millennium to occur in Europe. Hassig's analysis sheds new light on the conquest, showing that the imposition of mogamy - rather than military might, as earlier scholars have assumed - was largely responsible for the strong and rapid Spanish influence on Aztec society.
- Author BiographyRoss Hassig is the author of six earlier books, among them Mexico and the Spanish Conquest and Time, History, and Belief in Aztec and Colonial Mexico. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
- Author(s)Ross Hassig
- PublisherUniversity of New Mexico Press
- Date of Publication30/07/2016
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationAlbuquerque, NM
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of New Mexico Press
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
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