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date: 16 April 2021

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The Inca Empire was not only the largest state of the pre-Columbian Americas; it was also a complex political organization that swiftly conquered most of the Andes in less than a century. The Oxford Handbook of the Incas is a comprehensive volume dedicated to bringing together a broad array of new work that presents the Inca from multidisciplinary perspectives at different geographic and temporal scales. It has three main goals: (1) to weave together the complex tapestry of interpretations, methodologies, and approaches in order to reconstruct the nuanced political relations and cultural practices developed across this multiethnic empire; (2) to outline central debates on Inca studies in order to highlight major theoretical trends, emerging research paradigms, and challenges, and (3) to provide a longue-dureé perspective of the rise, development, and demise of this empire, along with the ways in which colonial and contemporary Andeans have used, interpreted, and reappropriated the past.

Keywords: Inca empire, Andes, pre-Columbian past, Cuzco, Inca provinces

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