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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
|List of Tables and Figures||vii|
|Part I||The Bourgeoisie's Rise to Power||19|
|Diversification of Economic Activity||19|
|Basic Political Concepts||36|
|The Partido Civil||62|
|Part II||The Development of the Partido Civil||82|
|The Election Campaign||82|
|The Formation of Parliamentary Groups||112|
|Part III||The Partido Civil in Power||153|
|Enlisting the Artisans' Support||153|
|List of Archives and Bibliography||267|