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This bibliography provides coverage of representative works on Aztec and Maya law, post-Conquest indigenous law, and Aztec and Maya history. Please note that this bibliography is not exhaustive. For purposes of Maya law, this bibliography focuses on works that apply to the ancient Maya who lived in what is now the southern and Yucatan region of Mexico. A discussion of Guatemalan Maya jurisprudence and legal history is beyond the scope of this bibliography.

The following sources were consulted in the preparation of this bibliography: Industrias Graficas Unidas, Oxford University Press, This textbook on Mexican legal history has an opening chapter on indigenous prehispanic law which covers the Olmecs, Aztecs and Maya. The Maya section discusses social classes, family law, and criminal law.

The more extensive section on the Aztecs covers socio-political organization, the reliance on punishment, the court system, family law, land tenure, and slavery. The bibliography contains a wide range of sources.

Bibliography – Exhibit – Aztec and Maya Law – Tarlton Law Library at Tarlton Law Library

El Derecho al Desarrollo Social. Historia Del Derecho Mexicano. The author’s stated purpose is to describe the legal systems in Central America before the Spanish conquest, and to compare these with the legal systems of the Aztecs, Mayas, Incas, and Caribbean Indians.

Hassig, Ross, and Ronald Spores, eds. Several essays in this anthology discuss Aztec legal and political structures, as well as the participation of indigenous peoples in colonial politics and litigation. Structure and Strategy in a Legal Context”; and S. Apuntes para la Historia del Derecho Penal Mexicano. The edition of this book was translated into English – Margadant S. An Introduction to the History of Mexican Law. Translated by Willem Floris Margadant.

Academia Colombiana de Jurisprudencia, Alba Hermosillo, Carlos H. The author reorganizes Aztec law within an artificial framework of European law codes, and then compares each Aztec law with analogous provisions in modern Mexican law. This book is useful as a classified summary of Aztec law, but draws no conclusions margaadant the similarities hstoria contradictions of this law.


Roots of Civil Society and Social Capital. This article is one of the most thorough English-language overviews of the Aztec legal system, and has sections on the government structure, the legal system, and areas of substantive law including criminal law, family law, property, commercial law, and international law.

Ceballos Novelo, Roque J. Author’s Thesis – Universidad Iberoamericana. Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio, and Todd Landman. The opening chapter of margadany book focuses on ancient Mayan laws and codes regarding the conduct of warfare and their relevance to the modern civil strife between Mayan peasants and the Guatemalan state.

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This book is one of the most thorough works on the Mayan legal system. It relies heavily on Spanish chroniclers, Mayan writings from the colonial period such as the Chilam Balam, and Sylvanus Morley, an early pioneer in Maya studies. El Respeto a la Palabra: Centro de Estudios de la Cultura Maya, Homenaja a Silvio Zavala, ed. Gayosso y Nararrete, Mercedes. Gayosso y Navarrete, Mercedes. Although somewhat dated, this series includes legal bibliographies on the Aztecs and Mayans, Mexico, and Colonial Spanish America.

Most entries in this series include annotations and commentary. Guerrero Castillo, Julian N. El Derecho de los Aztecas. This book discusses contemporary Maya law and jurisprudence, and includes a chapter on pre-Conquest law by Jose Israel Herrera entitled, “Algunas caracteristicas del derecho maya prehispanico.

Lima, Maria de la Luz. This article is a study of both both formal and informal means of Aztec social control, including social norms, education, and legal sanctions.

The article includes a good bibliography. Noteworthy principally for its greater utilization of Nahuatl textual material than any previous study.

Law And Politics in Aztec Texcoco. Cambridge University Press, Romero Vargas e Yturbide, Ignacio. Sandoval Pardo, Fernando R.

This book is a study of the legal system in the modern Maya communities of Guatemala. Historia Sintetica del Derecho Maya. San Ildefonso, Mexico, D.

An introduction to the history of Mexican law – Catalog – UW-Madison Libraries

La Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales, An Account of the Conquest of Guatemala in Translated by Sidley J. Anders, Ferdinand et al. University of California Press, Consists of 71 folios depicting Aztec conquests, tribute lists, and ethnographic data.

Impeccable scholarship and excellent drawings characterize this luxurious edition of a primary source for the study of prehispanic Central Mexico. This book additionally includes several depictions of Aztec courts and crimes. Boone, Elizabeth Hill, ed.


Painted Books and Indigenous Knowledge in Mesoamerica: Middle American Research Institute, This book includes an analysis of various Aztec and Mayan codices, including the Madrid and Dresden Codices. Stories in Margacant and Black: Pictorial Histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs. University of Texas Press, historria At the end, the reader not only knows what is in any given manuscript, according to Boone’s reading, but also how to find one’s own way through a manuscript.

Bricker, Victoria, and Gabrielle Vail, eds. Papers on the Madrid Codex. Cervantes de Salazar, Francisco. Translated and edited by Anthony Pagden. Yale University Press, University of Oklahoma Press, The Conquest of New Spain. The History of the Indies of New Spain. Translated by Doris Heyden. San Angel Ediciones, The Codex Mendoza manuscript is housed at the Bodleian Library, and is “a pictorial history of the Aztec empire from to ; an illustrated catalogue of the annual tribute paid by the towns of the empire to the last emperor, Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin Montezuma II ; and an illustrated account of Aztec life-cycles, male and female, from birth to death.

University of New Mexico Press, Andrade y Morales, sucesores, The accounts and codices of members of religious orders are an important source of information about Aztec law and culture. This imprint is No. It contains annotated references to published reproductions of 61 Mesoamerican codices and is available online. Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, Translated and annotated by Alfred M. Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, vol.

Harvard University Press, Landaa Franciscan who became bishop of Yucatan, is famous for his account of ancient Hisroria culture and infamous for having orchestrated the destruction of Mayan manuscripts.

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Reprinted numerous times,and Completely lacking in annotations or footnotes, the present edition nonetheless provides one of the best versions of the original Spanish text and includes all the illustrations. Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Translated by William Gates. Editorial San Fernando, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies.

Translated and edited by Nigel Griffin.

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