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

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

by Ulrich Muecke


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822961987
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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 Figuresvii
Part IThe Bourgeoisie's Rise to Power19
Diversification of Economic Activity19
Basic Political Concepts36
Civil Society46
The Partido Civil62
Part IIThe Development of the Partido Civil82
The Election Campaign82
The Elections105
The Formation of Parliamentary Groups112
Part IIIThe Partido Civil in Power153
Enlisting the Artisans' Support153
The President162
Local Structures177
List of Archives and Bibliography267

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