Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Some books and links to books...

1. Democracy in America: Perhaps one of the best travel books ever written. Alexis Tocqueville, a French historian and political scientist, looks hard at the strengths, impulses, contradictions and problems of the United States in 1835.

2. The Oregon Trail: Francis Parkman's 1840s' account of his travels through Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas, and of his three week stay with the Oglala Sioux.

3. Chach Nama or Tarikh i Hind Wa Sindh: The story of the Arab conquest of the Hindu-Buddhist kingdom of Sind in the seventh century, analyzed superbly by Naipaul in Among the Believers.

4. The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico, 1517-1521: Bernal Diaz del Castillo's eye-witness account of a different conquest at a different time and in a different part of the world. This account tells of the fall of the Aztec and their capital city of Tenochtitlan.


Blademaster said...

The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico is a real great book. If you're really interested in information about Aztec Civilisation, you may also look for books of Alfonso Caso - "El pueblo del Sol" and "La religion de los aztecas". Some aspects of the aztec religion may be found at http://www.history-aztec.com; but the complete information about the Aztec Civilisation you might look at http://www.answers.com/topic/aztec.

Hari said...

Thanks very much for the links - these are very useful. I am actually very interested in Mexican pre-conquest history. In addition to reading, I hope to travel there to learn more.

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