However, the social system of the Maya knew such contradictions, which knew no other we know of the social order. The nature of these conflicts becomes clear when comparing the Mayan city with a modern European city. Although the modern city and act quite clearly the social contradictions of the population, they are to some extent masked by the presence of many different layers, many, so to speak, the intermediate stages. In the cities of the Maya, these contradictions were absolutely openly. On a hill in the majority of cases they were located temples and palaces of the nobility and clergy; they form a closed area and were similar to the fortress in nature. (Perhaps, they often had to justify this character.) And without any intermediate transition stages around the stone 'City' located huts and wooden shacks commoners - the Mayan people consisted of a small group of rulers and the great mass of the oppressed. It is hard to even imagine what a profound gulf separates these two classes. In Maya, as far as can be judged, missing the average middle-class bourgeoisie.
Agrarian Questions: Essays in Appreciation of T. J. Byres
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