Aztec Warrior: AD 1325-1521 by John Pohl, Adam Hook

By John Pohl, Adam Hook

In response to one renowned photo, the Aztec military used to be a ruthless and effective battle computing device, that proven an empire through convincingly overwhelming its acquaintances, sacrificing millions to bloodthirsty gods alongside the way in which. From a contrasting viewpoint, its local warriors have been no fit for the fashionable warring equipment of Cortés' vastly outnumbered Spaniards, who decisively defeated them. the truth of the Aztec warrior's skill and effectiveness lies someplace among these extremes, as this name makes transparent. through interpreting the stories of a hypothetical person, Cuauhtli, this meticulously researched e-book exhibits that the heritage of Aztec conflict is far richer and much extra advanced than formerly understood, and divulges the shut courting among social and army concerns in Aztec society.

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The real question, though, is how pronouncements actually managed to change their society in some fundamental way. To answer this question, we might try looking at the four directions from which the manifesto of revolt might begin: from without, from within, from social and economic better-offs (that is, from above), and from the mass of people, often an indigenous peasantry, who stood below them. Revolt from without refers to someone else’s revolution, somewhere else—and in this case, the majority of those revolts transpired on the stage of central Mexico, closer to national power.

5 But revolutions have a way of catapulting unlikely people into high positions. Once in control of San Juan Bautista, Sentmanat made amends for his lack of program through a retroactive manifesto purportedly issuing from the mouths of prominent capitalinos. 6 It was not pure ventriloquism. The merchant class may have nursed misgivings about the mercurial Sentmanat, but they feared and detested the rural cacao growers who had originally launched the revolt, and saw Sentmanat’s presence as a hedge against country people storming capital city mansions.

I. ), Temática del Marxismo, 2:356. 12. Krejcí, Great Revolutions Compared, 5. 13. Luttwak, Coup d’état, 21, 24. 14. Carlton, State against the State, 2, 5. 15. Baquer, El modelo español, 40. 16. ), Forceful Negotiations. Introduction xxxv 17. For instance, the pronunciamiento of 2 January 1832 in Veracruz resulted in a particularly bloody year-long civil war. As for a coup “disguised as a pronunciamiento,” the so-called pronunciamiento of Mariano Salas in Mexico City on 4 August 1846 and which overthrew Mariano Paredes y Arrillaga’s dictatorship was a coup in all but name.

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