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Palaces and Power in the Americas From Peru to the Northwest Coast by Jessica Joyce Christie
  

Palaces and Power in the Americas From Peru to the Northwest Coast

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Palaces and Power in the Americas From Peru to the Northwest Coast by Jessica Joyce Christie

Ancient American palaces still captivate those who stand before them. Even in their fallen and ruined condition, the palaces project such power that, according to the editors of this new collection, it must have been deliberately drawn into their formal designs, spatial layouts, and choice of locations. Such messages separated palaces from other elite architecture and reinforced the power and privilege of those residing in them. Indeed, as Christie and Sarro write, the relation between political power and architecture is a pervasive and intriguing theme in the Americas. Given the variety of cultures, time periods, and geographical locations examined within, the editors of this book have grouped the articles into four sections. The first looks at palaces in cultures where they have not previously been identified, including the Huaca of Moche Site, the Wari of Peru, and Chaco Canyon in the U.S. Southwest. The second section discusses palaces as stage sets that express power, such as those found among the Maya, among the Coast Salish of the Pacific Northwest, and at El Tajin on the Mexican Gulf Coast. The third part of the volume presents cases in which differences in elite residences imply differences in social status, with examples from Pasado de la Amada, the Valley of Oaxaca, Teotihuacan, and the Aztecs. The final section compares architectural strategies between cultures; the models here are Farfan, Peru, under both the Chimu and the Inka, and the separate states of the Maya and the Inka. Such scope, and the quality of the scholarship, make Palaces and Power in the Americas a must-have work on the subject.

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No matter how palaces are formally defined (or not), this volume is an important and useful contribution to the debate. Any serious student of power, architecture, and residence in the Americas should find this volume a necessary addition to their personal library. --JRAI, Sept 2007


About the Author

Jessica Joyce Christie is Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Art at East Carolina University. Patricia Joan Sarro is Associate Professor of Art History at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio

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Book Info

Publication date

25th August 2010

Author

Jessica Joyce Christie

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Publisher

University of Texas Press

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Palaces, chateaux, country houses
Public buildings: civic, commercial, industrial, etc

ISBN

9780292725997

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