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Author Penry, S. Elizabeth,
Title The people are king : the making of an indigenous Andean politics / S. Elizabeth Penry.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, [2019]

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Author Penry, S. Elizabeth,
Subject Indians of South America -- Relocation -- Andes Region.
Indians of South America -- Andes Region -- Politics and government.
Indians of South America -- Cultural assimilation -- Andes Region.
Power (Social sciences) -- Andes Region -- History -- 18th century.
Andes Region -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
Spain -- Colonies -- America -- Administration.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 299 pages) : illustrations, maps
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The People Are King traces the transformation of Andean communities under Inca and Spanish rule. The sixteenth century Spanish resettlement policy, known as Reduccion was pivotal to this transformation. Modeled on the Spanish ideal of Republica (self-government within planned towns) and shared sovereignty with their monarch, Spaniards in the Viceroyalty of Peru forced Andeans into resettlement towns. Andeans turned the tables on forced resettlement by making the towns their own, and the center of their social, political, and religious lives. Andeans made a coherent life for themselves in a complex process of ethnogenesis that blended preconquest ways of life (the ayllu) with the imposed institutions of town life and Christian religious practices. Within these towns, Andeans claimed the right to self-government, and increasingly regarded their native lords, the caciques, as tyrants. A series of microhistorical accounts in these republicas reveals that Andeans believed that commoner people, collectively called the comun, could rule themselves. With both Andean and Spanish antecedents, this political philosophy of radical democracy was key to the Great Rebellion of the late eighteenth-century. Rather than focusing on well-known leaders such as Tupac Amaru, the book demonstrates through commoner rebels' holographic letters that it was commoner Andean people who made the late eighteenth-century a revolutionary moment by asserting their rights to self-government. In the final chapter the book follows the commoner-lead towns of the Andes from the era of independence into the present day of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Ayllu, Reduccion, ethnogenesis, Peru, Bolivia, cacique, Tupac Amaru, comunero, revolution, microhistory"-- Provided by publisher
Contents The Genesis of an Andean Christianity and Politics -- Inca and Early Spanish Peru -- Incas and Asanaqi in Qullasuyu -- Spanish Republica and Inca Tyranny -- Resettlement: Spaniards Found New Towns for "Indians" -- The Andeanization of Spanish Institutions and Christianity -- Andeans Found Their Own Towns: The Andeanization of Reduccion -- Cofradia and Cabildo in the Eighteenth Century: The Merger of Andean Religiosity and Town Leadership -- Rational Bourbons and Radical Comuneros: Civil Practices That Shape Towns -- The Revolutionary Comun -- Comunero Politics and the King's Justice: The Comun Takes Moral Action -- A Lettered Revolution: A Brotherhood of Communities -- The Rise of the Comun and Its Legacy.
Note Online resource; title from web page (Oxford Scholarship Online, viewed May 11, 2020)
ISBN 9780190073923 (electronic bk.)
0190073926 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1127052075
Additional Format Print version: Penry, S. Elizabeth. People are king. New York : Oxford University Press, [2019] 9780195161618 (DLC) 2019015748 (OCoLC)1101982900

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