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I really enjoyed this Lecture and would highly recommend it if archaic history is one of your interests. The book is not for everyone, but it sheds light on a history I didn't even know existed. The professor is very clear, easy to understand, and absolutely brings this subject to life.
This lecture is concerned with the ancient peoples and civilizations of South America. More specifically though, Peru and what would become the Inca Empire. The other groups mentioned, including the Amazonian peoples, are mentioned to highlight or emphasize their interactions with what we know as the Inca people.
It starts off with the earliest evidence of human life in South America and continues on until the fall of the Inca. Each lecture is half an hour long and covers a ton of detail. Each time a lecture ends I keep wishing he would continue on for another hour, the topics are very gripping.
Something I really enjoyed that this Professor does is he will discuss what is currently understood to be "true" as well as what the alternatives are. He also discusses a few of his own ideas, each time he does that he makes sure the listener is fully aware. I really enjoyed learning about the different theories that are out there.
This is a bit of a technical listen, but the Professor keeps it lively, interesting, and fun. I would highly recommend.
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This was an enjoyable listen, but I would only recommend it for some. Essentially the teacher takes the listener on a journey of South American History (Note: Not Mesoamerican, Central American, Aztec, Mayan, or any other American/New World History). He starts with the earliest evidence of human life and continues all the way through the Inca and the Spanish conquest and ends by touching upon a few modern day connections to South American peoples afterwards. It is a bit shorter than most great courses (11 hours compared to 8 hours). This is not your typical history overview but really a highly archaeologically/anthropologically based overview. Much of the time is spent discussing archaeological sites and artifacts uncovered and what they might tell us about the people that lived back then. If you are not looking for something technical or you prefer a narrative style, I would not suggest this book. The professor is very knowledgeable and does a good job of presenting his topic in an interesting and enjoyable way. He has a few non-traditional perspectives which he emphasizes, but he also does a good job highlighting the latest discoveries as of his recording (2012 I think?). If you are interested and don't mind a slightly technical listen, I would recommend this book.
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Maya to Azetic, for the same author. His main knowledge and authority is in MesoAmerica not South America.
The coverage awesome, the depth brilliant, the insight marvellous, well worth it. I will look into further upon this premise, very glad to have purchased
It is a really awesome book. It's my first time listening to my lost ancient history. Very glad people like Professor Edwin are interested in our lost history. Thank you