Trials of Nation Making: Liberalism, Race, and Ethnicity in the Andes, 1810-1910 / Edition 1

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Overview

Brooke Larson's interpretive analysis of the history of Andean peasants reveals the challenges of nation making in the republics of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia during the volatile nineteenth century. Nowhere in Latin America were postcolonial transitions more turbulent than in the Andes, where communal indigenous roots grew deep and where the "Indian problem" seemed so discouraging to liberalizing states. The analysis raises broader issues about the interplay of liberalism, racism, and ethnicity in the formation of exclusionary "republics without citizens" over the nineteenth century.

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"This masterful book is an expansion of Larson's important extended essay on nineteenth-century indigenes in the Andes...Larson has a commanding knowledge of the monographic literature about Andean indigenes." Journal of Interdisciplinary History Frank Safford, Northwestern University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521567305
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 838,166
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Andean landscapes, real and imagined; 2. Colombia: assimilation or marginalization of the Indians?; 3. Ecuador: modernizing Indian servitude as the road to progress; 4. Peru: war, national sovereignty and the 'Indian problem'; 5. Bolivia: dangerous pacts, insurgent Indians; Conclusion: Postcolonial nation building and the burden of 'race'; Bibliographic essay.

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