How does the story described in the essay you chose relate to the theme of isolationism and the fate of civilizations? That is does it support what we covered in class, or not? Also consider these prompts in your essay:
a. What methods do the authors use to investigate the history of state formation in the Meso-American civilization (historical, ecological, anthropological, ethnographic, archaeological etc)?
b. Are you convinced by their arguments? That is, does their evidence support their claims?
c. What is the Late Intermediate Period and would you consider these civilizations isolated or not?