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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter discusses the structure and dynamics of the Aztec Triple Alliance Empire. It emphasizes the manner in which the empire’s three component polities (Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan) juggled their relations with one another and came to dominate local as well as distant subjects through military conquest, intimidation, and diplomacy. The imperial structure was built and buttressed through principles of segmentation of autonomous city-states, the intermingling of territories and subjects, asymmetrical hierarchies, and competition. These principles provided the bases for imperial power relations enacted through elite intermarriages, religious ceremonies in the service of the state, warfare and conquest, and large-scale work projects.

Keywords: Triple Alliance, hierarchies, Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, Tlacopan, competition, conquest, empire, imperialism

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