Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century Peru: The Rise of the Partido Civil

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In the mid-nineteenth century, Peru underwent a profound transformation. As the world economy became increasingly integrated, a new trade-based ruling class emerged. Elections led to political mobilization, and those in positions of national authority found themselves forced to negotiate with regional power brokers and lower social classes.

Central to this transformation was the creation of the Partido Civil, the country’s first modern political party. Tracing its development, Ulrich Muecke revisits virtually every aspect of nineteenth-century Peruvian society.

By exploring the different forms of political action and their symbolic meanings, Muecke offers a new interpretation of the legitimization and construction of political power in Latin America of the 1800s. Using sophisticated theory and based on a wealth of primary research, the book provides insights into elections, the voting process, and power relations throughout the region.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A painstaking and pathmarking history of nineteenth-century politics in Latin America.”

”A pathbreaking study.  One of the best analyses on a long-ignored and dimly understood corner of electoral politics in the nineteenth-century political history of Peru.  A must-read for Latin Americanists searching for the seeds and sprouts of early democracy in the region.”
Hispanic American Historical Review

"A truly amazing book, much more ambitious than its title would suggest. . . . Pathbreaking. . . . The best political analysis of nineteenth-century politics I have seen."
—H-Net Reviews

"Sparkling with fresh and sensible analyses. . . . New insights on topics that we thought we knew well already."
The Americas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822942290
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 7/11/2004
  • Series: Pitt Latin American Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ulrich Muecke teaches modern and contemporary history of France, Spain, and Latin America at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He is the author Das Indianerbild des peruanischen Liberalismus, and the coeditor of Muchas Hispanoaméricas: Antropología, historia y enfoques culturales en los estudios latinoamericanistas.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The bourgeoisie's rise of power 19
Diversification of economic activity 19
Basic political concepts 36
Civil society 46
The Partido Civil 62
Pt. II The development of the Partido Civil 82
The election campaign 82
The elections 105
The formation of parliamentary groups 112
Pt. III The Partido Civil in power 153
Enlisting the artisans' support 153
The president 162
Local structures 177
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