Parution : Texcoco: Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives

Texcoco: Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives
  • Lee, Jongsoo James. Éditeur scientifique
  • Brokaw, Galen. Éditeur scientifique

Jongsoo Lee is an associate professor in the Department of World Languages, Literature, and Cultures at the University of North Texas. He specializes in the study of Prehispanic and colonial Mexico and he is the author of The Allure of Nezahualcoyotl: Pre-Hispanic History, Religion, and Nahua Poetics (University of New Mexico Press, 2008).

Galen Brokaw is associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montana State University. He specializes in indigenous American cultural studies focusing on Mesoamerica and the Andes. He is the author of A History of the Khipu (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Contributors: Bradley Benton, Amber Brian, Galen Brokaw, Lori Boornazian Diel, Pablo García Loaeza, Leisa Kauffmann, Jongsoo Lee, Jerome Offner, Janice K. Pierce, Ethelia Ruiz Medrano, Camilla Townsend, Barbara J. Williams

Résumé de l’éditeur

Texcoco: Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives presents an in-depth, highly nuanced historical understanding of this major indigenous Mesoamerican city from the conquest through the present. The book argues for the need to revise conclusions of past scholarship on familiar topics, deals with current debates that derive from differences in the way scholars view abundant and diverse iconographic and alphabetic sources, and proposes a new look at Texcocan history and culture from different academic disciplines.

Contributors address some of the most pressing issues in Texcocan studies and bring new ones to light: the role of Texcoco in the Aztec empire, the construction and transformation of Prehispanic history in the colonial period, the continuity and transformation of indigenous culture and politics after the conquest, and the nature and importance of iconographic and alphabetic texts that originated in this city-state, such as the Codex Xolotl, the Mapa Quinatzin, and Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s chronicles. Multiple scholarly perspectives and methodological approaches offer alternative paradigms of research and open a needed dialogue among disciplines—social, political, literary, and art history, as well as the history of science.

Comptes rendus

  • Mundy, Barbara E., “Texcoco: Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives”, Hispanic American Historical Review, 2016, 1 November, vol. 96, n° 4, p. 726–727. DOI :
  • Bergmann, Mathias, “Review of Texcoco: Prehispanic and Colonial Perspectives ed. by Jongsoo Lee and Galen Brokaw”, The Americas, 2018, vol. 75, n° 3, p. 561-562. Disponible en ligne (payant), url : <>.


  • List of Figures vii
  • List of Tables ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1. Texcocan Studies Past and Present / Jongsoo Lee and Galen Brokaw 1
  • 2. Improving Western Historiography of Texcoco / Jerome A. Offner 25
  • 3. The Aztec Triple Alliance: A Colonial Transformation of the Prehispanic Political and Tributary System / Jongsoo Lee 63
  • 4. Polygyny and the Divided Altepetl: The Tetzcocan Key to Pre-conquest Nahua Politics /Camilla Townsend 93
  • 5. The Mapa Quinatzin and Texcoco’s Ideal Subordinate Lords / Lori Boornazian Diel 117
  • 6. Evidence of Acolhua Science in Pictorial Land Records / Barbara J. Williams and Janice K. Pierce 147
  • 7. Don Carlos de Tezcoco and the Universal Rights of Emperor Carlos V / Ethelia Ruiz Medrano 165
  • 8. Beyond the Burned Stake: The Rule of Don Antonio Pimentel Tlahuitoltzin in Tetzcoco, 1540–45 / Bradley Benton 183
  • 9. The Alva Ixtlilxochitl Brothers and the Nahua Intellectual Community / Amber Brian 201
  • 10. Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Texcocan Dynasty: Nobility, Genealogy, and Historiography / Pablo García Loaeza 219
  • 11. The Reinvented Man-God of Colonial Texcoco: Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Nezahualcoyotl / Leisa Kauffmann 243
  • List of Contributors 261
  • Index 265

Informations pratiques

  • Editeur : Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado
  • Date de parution : cop. 2014
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XII-276) : ill., jaquette ill. en coul. ; 24 cm
  • ISBN 978-1-6073-2283-2 (rel.). – ISBN 1-6073-2283-8 (rel.). – ISBN 978-1-6073-2284-9 (élec.)
  • Notes bibliogr. en fin de chap. Index


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  • Disponible en ligne (payant), url : <>.

Olivier Jacquot

Coordonnateur de la recherche > Délégation à la Stratégie et à la recherche > Bibliothèque nationale de France

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