Lima: A Cultural History

Overview

Formerly the viceregal capital of Spain's vast South American empire, Lima is today a sprawling metropolis struggling to cope with a population of eight million. Located on the coast between the Andean foothills and the Pacific Ocean, it is many cities in one, with an indigenous past, an old colonial heart, and turn-of-the-century quarters modeled on Paris. Leafy suburbs like San Isidro and tranquil seaside communities such as Barranco contrast with ever expanding shantytowns. ...
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Overview

Formerly the viceregal capital of Spain's vast South American empire, Lima is today a sprawling metropolis struggling to cope with a population of eight million. Located on the coast between the Andean foothills and the Pacific Ocean, it is many cities in one, with an indigenous past, an old colonial heart, and turn-of-the-century quarters modeled on Paris. Leafy suburbs like San Isidro and tranquil seaside communities such as Barranco contrast with ever expanding shantytowns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195178906
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Cityscapes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,177,097
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Higgins Professor at Liverpool University, specializes in Peruvian literature. A regular visitor to Lima since the 1960s, he is an honorary professor of the city's University of San Marcos and a corresponding fellow of the Peruvian Academy.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introducing Lima : "the strangest, saddest city" 1
Pt. 2 The pre-Hispanic past 17
Pt. 3 City of the kings 26
Pt. 4 Capital of the republic 99
Pt. 5 The expanding metropolis 181
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