Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825

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This broadly gauged, synthetic study examines how the Spanish invasion of the Inca Empire (called Tawintinsuyu) in 1532 brought dramatic and irreversible transformations in traditional Andean modes of production, technology, politics, religion, culture, and social hierarchies. At the same time, Professor Andrien explains how the indigenous peoples merged these changes with their own political, socioeconomic, and religious traditions. In this way European and indigenous life ways became intertwined, producing a new and constantly evolving hybrid colonial order in the Andes.

After beginning with a study of Tawintinsuyu on the eve of the Spanish invasion, Andrien then presents the salient topics in Andean colonial history: the emergence of the colonial state; the colonial socioeconomic order; indigenous culture and society; Spanish attempts to impose Roman Catholic orthodoxy; and Andean resistance, rebellion, and political consciousness. By drawing on his own research and the contributions from scholars in many disciplines, Kenneth J. Andrien offers a masterful interpretation of Andean colonial history, one of the most dynamic and creative fields in Latin American studies.

"This is a clearly written, comprehensive, and well-balanced account. . . particularly in discussions of the often vexed and central question of Spanish versus Native American issues."--Peter J. Bakewell, Edmund and Louise Kahn Professor of History, Southern Methodist University

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Editorial Reviews

Indigenous Nations Studies Journal
Andean Worlds would serve as an excellent introduction to Andean colonial history and/or Indigenous culture, history, economics, and politics. This book would also be of interest to those interested in colonial studies more generally. . . . Few scholars are able to succesfully present this type of 'big picture' analysis of nearly three centuries of history but Andrien's book is intellectually stimulating while being both concise and readable.
Hispanic American Historical Review
Andrien does an excellent job of synthesizing the best original scholarship, while always bringing out the most interesting anecdotes and characters.
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Andrien's Andean Worlds is an impressive synthetic work that integrates a vast amount of scholarship from all fields to give a comprehensive picture of the experiences of native Andeans under colonialism. The book is not only packed with information; it is clearly and elegantly written.
Sixteenth Century Journal
Kenneth J. Andrien's Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture and Consciousness under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825 is a well-written, accessible volume that traces the history of the Andean people and their culture before and during Spanish rule.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826323583
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Dialogos Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,307,778

Meet the Author

Kenneth J. Andrien received his B.A. from Trinity College (1973) and his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1977) from Duke University. He is author of Crisis and Decline: The Viceroyalty of Perus in the Seventeenth Century (1985, UNM Press), and The Kingdom of Quito, 1690-1830: The State and Regional Development (1995, Cambridge University Press). He is the coeditor (with Rolena Adorno) of Transatlantic Encounters: Europeans and Andeans in the Sixteenth Century (1991, University of California Press) and (with Lyman Johnson) of The Political Economy of Spanish America in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850 (1994, UNM Press). He has also published numerous articles in journals such as: Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, The Americas, Colonial Latin American Review, and Past and Present. He is Professor of History at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Professor Andrien is married with two children.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Figures
1 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Andean Past 1
2 Tawantinsuyu in 1532 11
3 The Colonial State 41
4 The Colonial Socioeconomic Order 73
5 Andean Culture and Society under Colonial Rule 103
6 Religious Conversion and the Imposition of Orthodoxy 153
7 Resistance, Rebellion, and Consciousness 193
Glossary of Terms 244
Notes 251
Suggested Readings 270
Index 279
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