The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics

by Orin Starn
     
 

ISBN-10: 082231617X

ISBN-13: 9780822316176

Pub. Date: 01/28/1995

Publisher: Duke University Press

Sixteenth-century Spanish soldiers described it as a land filled with gold and silver, a land of untold wealth. To the Europeans who heard these stories it was a place of tantalizing mystery that mirrored dreams and desires unsatisfied by the Old World. Nineteenth-century travelers wrote of soaring Andean peaks plunging into luxuriant Amazonian canyons of orchids,…  See more details below

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Sixteenth-century Spanish soldiers described it as a land filled with gold and silver, a land of untold wealth. To the Europeans who heard these stories it was a place of tantalizing mystery that mirrored dreams and desires unsatisfied by the Old World. Nineteenth-century travelers wrote of soaring Andean peaks plunging into luxuriant Amazonian canyons of orchids, pythons, and jaguars. Early twentieth-century adventurer Hiram Bingham told of the raging rivers and the wild jungles he traversed on his way to "discover" the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. The richest treasures, the bloodiest conquest, the most poignant ballads, the most violent revolutionaries—all have been attributed to Peru.

Unparalleled in its scope, comprehensive, and written for the traveler and specialist alike, The Peru Reader offers a deeper understanding of the country that lies behind these images. Beginning with extensive historical material on topics ranging from Peru’s extraordinary pre-Columbian civilizations, through the Spanish conquest, to colonial and postcolonial rule, it weaves together a vast array of essays, folklore, historical documents, poetry, songs, short stories, autobiographical accounts, and photographs about this largest of the Andean nations. Works by contemporary Peruvian intellectuals and politicians, many translated for the first time, are presented here. The voices of the country’s often silenced underclass—peasants, street vendors, maids, Amazonian Indians, African-Peruvians—will also be found in this richly textured anthology. Blending together with the best of Western journalism and scholarship, these voices also address matters of contemporary Peruvian culture and politics such as the Maoist insurgency of the Shining Path, the cocaine economy, and the ongoing struggle for dignity and justice in a multicultural nation where Andean, African, Amazonian, and European traditions meet.

Unique among books on Latin America, intellectually ambitious, but with appeal to a wide readership, The Peru Reader provides an in-depth look at the history and cultural complexity of this Latin American nation.

About the Authors:
Orin Starn is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.

Carlos Ivan Degregori is Director of the Institute of Peruvian Studies and Professor at the National University of San Marcos, Lima.

Robin Kirk is Research Associate at Human Rights Watch -Americas and a contributing journalist to The Boston Globe, Ms., The Nation, The Progressive, and other periodicals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822316176
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Series:
Latin America Readers Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
531
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Style
Introduction1
The Chavin Cult17
Nazca Pottery28
The Huarochiri Manuscript29
Moon, Sun, Witches35
The Origins of the Incas49
Cloth, Textile, and the Inca Empire55
Taxation and the Incas70
Officials and Messengers75
Atahualpa and Pizarro84
In Defense of the Indians107
Our House111
The Tragedy of Success112
Diary of Colonial Lima137
Friar Martin's Mice142
The Rebellion of Tupac Amaru147
"All Must Die!"157
The Battle of Ayacucho166
Comas and the War of the Pacific168
Priests, Indians, Soldiers, and Heroes187
Women of Lima195
Amazonian Indians and the Rubber Boom203
Tempest in the Andes219
Water!223
Reflections228
Human Poems234
The APRA240
The Massacre of Chan Chan245
Lost to Sight253
The Pongo's Dream258
"The Master Will No Longer Feed Off Your Poverty"264
The 24th of June270
Villa El Salvador272
Recipe for a House278
Featherless Vultures281
Peru's African Rhythms290
A Guerrilla's Word292
Liberation Theology293
A World for Julius297
"A Frightening Thirst for Vengeance"308
We Are the Initiators310
The Quota316
Memories of a Cadre328
Oath of Loyalty336
Vietnam in the Andes342
Death Threat348
Women and Terror350
Chaqwa354
Huamanguino368
"There Have Been Threats"371
Peasants at War377
The Hold Life Has388
My Little Coca, Let Me Chew You!401
The Cocaine Economy402
Drugs, Soldiers, and Guerrillas415
Soup of the Day422
Nightwatch425
"A Momentous Decision"438
Choleric Outbreak446
Simply Pascuala452
Chayraq!460
The Choncholi Chewing Gum Rap464
Sarita Colonia Comes Flying466
Is Peru Turning Protestant?471
Interview with a Gay Activist477
Adrenaline Nights482
Reencounter484
I Am the Bad Girl of the Story486
Conversation in the Cathedral487
Aguaruna Adventures504
Self-Images513
Suggestions for Further Reading517
Acknowledgment of Copyrights521
Index525

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