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Elijah Goodman History 360 Professor Yannakakis January 30, 2012 Response to The Cost of Courage in Aztec Society After reading Inga Clendinnen's The Cost of Courage in Aztec Society, I was fairly surprised by how brutal Aztec society was since my only previous knowledge of the Aztec civilization had come in high school where their merciless actions were not nearly as publicized. Subsequently, I became curious if there were any other ancient civilizations that were as violent as the Aztecs. To fulfill my curiosity, I did a small amount of research on known violent ancient civilizations to learn of their history, culture and practices. Seeing as it is nearly impossible for one civilization to have the same culture as another, I was not surprised to find differences among the practice of violence among the different civilizations, but a few groups that I researched, specifically the Mongols and Mayans had some striking similarities. Inga Clendinnen notes in her essay the meteoric rise and fall made by the Aztecs. In a little over 100 years, the Aztecs went from living in essence as mercenaries while they slowly grew Tenochtitlán, to becoming one of the most dominating civilizations of all time, and then finally to becoming obliterated by the Spaniards. The Mongols of Central Asia also followed a similarly meteoric rise and fall. In 1206, they had control of the Central Asian area known as Mongolia, and by 1294, the Mongols

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