This is an account of the collapse of Montezuma's Mexican Empire under the onslaughts of Cortes's Conquistadors. At the beginning the reader is introduced to the capital city of the Aztecs, or Mexica - a massive edifice, far larger than any city in Europe at the time, and the centre of a culture which enshrined warfare and human sacrifice at the heart of the State. With the arrival of the Spanish, this civilization, seemingly so powerful, collapsed. This is an account, full of mutual incomprehension, cupidity for gold, duplicity, ruthlessness and casual contempt for human life (the passages on human sacrifice are particularly unnerving). The author also wrote "The Spanish Civil War", "Cuba" and "Unfinished History of the World".
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Edition Hutchinson London, (part of Random House Publishing Group), First Impression, 1993. ISBN: 0-09-177629-5. HARDBACK. 832 pages, size: 16.4 x 24.7 x 6 cm. Just light tan to paper edges. Other than that, the new and unread book remains in excellent condition: dust cover intact; cloth bound hard cover bright with gilt lettering on spine; text all clean, neat and tight. Prompt dispatch from UK.From the Publisher:
'His story of the conquest, how it happened and why it happened, carries total conviction. He makes what seems like a miracle comprehensible.' J. H. Plumb, Financial Times
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Book Description Hutchinson. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091776295