The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation

The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation

by Greg Grandin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822324954

ISBN-13: 9780822324959

Pub. Date: 03/15/2000

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Over the latter half of the twentieth century, the Guatemalan state slaughtered more than two hundred thousand of its citizens. In the wake of this violence, a vibrant pan-Mayan movement has emerged, one that is challenging Ladino (non-indigenous) notions of citizenship and national identity. In The Blood of Guatemala Greg Grandin locates the origins of this

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Over the latter half of the twentieth century, the Guatemalan state slaughtered more than two hundred thousand of its citizens. In the wake of this violence, a vibrant pan-Mayan movement has emerged, one that is challenging Ladino (non-indigenous) notions of citizenship and national identity. In The Blood of Guatemala Greg Grandin locates the origins of this ethnic resurgence within the social processes of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century state formation rather than in the ruins of the national project of recent decades.
Focusing on Mayan elites in the community of Quetzaltenango, Grandin shows how their efforts to maintain authority over the indigenous population and secure political power in relation to non-Indians played a crucial role in the formation of the Guatemalan nation. To explore the close connection between nationalism, state power, ethnic identity, and political violence, Grandin draws on sources as diverse as photographs, public rituals, oral testimony, literature, and a collection of previously untapped documents written during the nineteenth century. He explains how the cultural anxiety brought about by Guatemala’s transition to coffee capitalism during this period led Mayan patriarchs to develop understandings of race and nation that were contrary to Ladino notions of assimilation and progress. This alternative national vision, however, could not take hold in a country plagued by class and ethnic divisions. In the years prior to the 1954 coup, class conflict became impossible to contain as the elites violently opposed land claims made by indigenous peasants.
This “history of power” reconsiders the way scholars understand the history of Guatemala and will be relevant to those studying nation building and indigenous communities across Latin America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822324959
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/15/2000
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,366,265
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Searching for the Living among the Dead1
Prelude: A World Put Right, 31 March 184020
1The Greatest Indian City in the World: Caste, Gender, and Politics, 1750-182125
2Defending the Pueblo: Popular Protests and Elite Politics, 1786-182654
3A Pestilent Nationalism: The 1837 Cholera Epidemic Reconsidered82
4A House with Two Masters: Carrera and the Restored Republic of Indians99
5Principales to Patrones, Macehuales to Mozos: Land, Labor, and the Commodification of Community110
6Regenerating the Race: Race, Class, and the Nationalization of Ethnicity130
7Time and Space among the Maya: Mayan Modernism and the Transformation of the City159
8The Blood of Guatemalans: Class Struggle and the Death of K'iche' Nationalism198
Conclusions: The Limits of Nation, 1954-1999220
Epilogue: The Living among the Dead234
App. 1 Names and Places237
App. 2 Glossary241
Notes243
Works Cited315
Index337

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