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Maya kings who failed to ensure the prosperity of their kingdoms were subject to various forms of termination, including the ritual defacing and destruction of monuments and even violent death. This is the first comprehensive volume to focus on the varied responses to the failure of Classic period dynasties in the southern lowlands. The contributors offer new insights into the Maya "collapse," evaluating the trope of the scapegoat king and the demise of the traditional institution of kingship in the early ninth century AD--a time of intense environmental, economic, social, political, and even ideological change. Contributors: Palma J. Buttles- Arthur A. Demarest- Hector Escobedo- David Freidel- Charles Golden- Thomas H. Guderjan- C. Colleen Hanratty- Eleanor Harrison-Buck- Brett A. Houk- Stephen D. Houston- Gyles Iannone- Takeshi Inomata- Melanie Kingsley- Olivia C. Navarro-Farr- Claudia Quintanilla- Andrew K. Scherer- Sonja A. Schwake- José Samuel Suasnavar- Christopher Taylor- Fred Valdez Jr. A volume in the series Maya Studies, edited by Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase
In this lively survey, Guy D. Middleton critically examines our ideas about collapse - how we explain it and how we have constructed potentially misleading myths around collapses - showing how and why collapse of societies was a much more complex phenomenon than is often admitted.
Definitively tracing the evolution of the Maya civilization from the arrival of migrating 'first peoples' to the end of the Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican World with the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century AD. A span of some thousands of years are concisely covered in one volume in a thorough study of the evolution of a complex Maya society. A new world of understanding about the ancient Maya civilization has opened up from new archaeological discoveries and studies. The mystery of 'Maya Blue' revealed and an understanding of Maya Arithmetic presented in simplified ways to quickly understand the Maya system with a method to count and do math calculations using a Maya abacus or only using four fingers on each hand. Easy to read and very interesting, providing first an overview, then a chapter by chapter journey through major events in Maya history, concluding with a separated portion of highlighting major aspects in Maya knowledge and ancient ways.
Designed for survey courses in the field A History of Medicine presents a wide-ranging overview for those seeking a solid grounding in the medical history of Western and non-Western cultures. Invaluable to instructors promoting the history of medicine in pre-professional training, and stressing major themes in the history of medicine, this third edition continues to stimulate further exploration of the events, methodologies, and theories that have shaped medical practices in decades past and continue to do so today.
Dieses Buch wirft einen kritischen Blick auf die sozialen, machtpolitischen, historischen und mythischen Strukturen des populären Fußballsports. Die Verquickungen von Fußball mit Prozessen von Macht und Politik werden an verschiedenen Fallstudien durch Beiträge aus unterschiedlichsten Blickwinkeln beleuchtet: Kulturanthropologie, Geschichte (Maya und Inka), Politik, Journalismus, Kommunikationswissenschaften, Gender Studies, Sportwissenschaften, Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Soziologie. Eine Lektüre lohnt sich nicht nur für Fußballfans, sondern für alle, die sich für ungewohnte Perspektiven und überraschende Einsichten in Geschichte und Gegenwart begeistern können.
Thanks to powerful innovations in archaeology and other types of historical research, we now have a picture of everyday life in the Mayan empire that turns the long-accepted conventional wisdom on its head. * Includes numerous illustrations and drawings plus depictions of important artifacts such as the murals of Bonampak and the hieroglyphic stairway of Copan * Provides detailed maps of major Maya cities as well as other research sites

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