Professor Barry Carr, historian
Aztec culture and achievements have been highly regarded since the time of the Spanish conquest and especially since Mexico gained independence. The name Mexico is derived from the Nahua word ‘Mexica’ that the Aztecs used to describe themselves. Although most Mexicans today are people of mixed ethnic origin, Aztec identities and claims are still vividly present in Mexican thinking. Barry Carr shows how the Nahua-speaking people in central Mexico deal with their pre-Hispanic roots and why the national culture remains fascinated with its Aztec legacies.
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