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Migration and DisruptionsToward a Unifying Theory of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations$
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Brenda J. Baker and Takeyuki Tsuda

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060804

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060804.001.0001

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Causes and Consequences of Migration in Epiclassic Northern Mesoamerica

Causes and Consequences of Migration in Epiclassic Northern Mesoamerica

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Migration and Disruptions

Christopher S. Beekman

University Press of Florida

This chapter considers disruptions associated with the Epiclassic Mesoamerican migrations. Attempts to mitigate climate change along the northern frontier in Mexico elicited a complex sequence of responses, beginning with conquests and political consolidation, and followed by abandonment of the region. These same migrations introduced more subtle changes over the long term that altered the relationship between people and the State, namely the scramble for legitimacy among the new and politically vulnerable Epiclassic polities, and the increased sense of mobility and social clout among potential tribute payers. The new parameters of the political playing field forced political elites of different centers to develop distinct art styles as a form of mass media, to woo the newly mobile populations with novel and competing interpretations of Mesoamerican ideology. These early attempts at migration policy were blunt instruments compared to those of historic times, and may not have been able to target desired immigrants.

Keywords:   Epiclassic, Mexico, Climate change, Population, Art style, Mass media, Migration policy

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