In Search of an Inca: Identity and Utopia in the Andes

In Search of an Inca: Identity and Utopia in the Andes

by Alberto Flores Galindo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521598613

ISBN-13: 9780521598613

Pub. Date: 05/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Search of an Inca examines how people in the Andean region have invoked the Incas to question and rethink colonialism and injustice, from the time of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century until the late twentieth century. It stresses the recurrence of the “Andean utopia,” that is, the idealization of the precolonial past as an era of harmony,…  See more details below

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In Search of an Inca examines how people in the Andean region have invoked the Incas to question and rethink colonialism and injustice, from the time of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century until the late twentieth century. It stresses the recurrence of the “Andean utopia,” that is, the idealization of the precolonial past as an era of harmony, justice, and prosperity and the foundation for political and social agendas for the future. In this award-winning work, Alberto Flores Galindo highlights how different groups imagined the pre-Hispanic world as a model for a new society. These included those conquered by the Spanish in the sixteenth century but also rebels in the colonial and modern era and a heterogeneous group of intellectuals and dissenters. This sweeping and accessible history of the Andes over the last five hundred years offers important reflections on and grounds for comparison of memory, utopianism, and resistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521598613
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Series:
New Approaches to the Americas Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' introduction; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Europe and the land of the Incas: the Andean utopia; 2. Communities and doctrines: the struggle for souls (central Andes, 1608–66); 3. The spark and the fire: Juan Santos Atahualpa; 4. The Tupac Amaru Revolution and the Andean people; 5. Govern the world, disrupt the world; 6. Soldiers and montoneros; 7. A republic without citizens; 8. The utopian horizon; 9. The boiling point; 10. The silent war; 11. Epilogue: dreams and nightmares.

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