Subverting Colonial Authority: Challenges to Spanish Rule in Eighteenth-Century Southern Andes

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This innovative political history provides a new perspective on the enduring question of the origins and nature of the wave of Indian revolts against the Spanish that exploded in the southern Andean highlands in the 1780s. Subverting Colonial Authority focuses on one of the main—but least studied—centers of rebel activity during the age of the Tupac Amaru revolution: the overwhelmingly indigenous Northern Potosí region of present-day Bolivia. Tracing how routine political conflict developed into large-scale violent upheaval, Sergio Serulnikov explores the changing forms of colonial domination and peasant politics in the area from the 1740s (the starting point of large political and economic transformations) through the early 1780s, when a massive insurrection of the highland communities shook the foundations of Spanish rule. Drawing on court records, government papers, personal letters, census documents, and other testimonies from Bolivian and Argentine archives, Subverting Colonial Authority addresses issues that illuminate key aspects of indigenous rebellion, European colonialism, and Andean cultural history. Serulnikov analyzes long-term patterns of social conflict rooted in local political cultures and regionally based power relations. He examines the day-to-day operations of the colonial system of justice within the rural villages as well as the sharp ideological and political strife among colonial ruling groups. Highlighting the emergence of radical modes of anticolonial thought and ethnic cooperation, he argues that Andean peasants were able to overcome entrenched tendencies toward internal dissension and fragmentation in the very process of marshalling both law and force to assert their rights and hold colonial authorities accountable. Along the way, Serulnikov shows, they not only widened the scope of their collective identities but also contradicted colonial ideas of indigenous societies as either secluded cultures or pliant objects of European rule.
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ISBN-13: 9780822331469
ISBN-10: 0822331462
Pagini: 287
Ilustrații: 9 tables, 3 maps
Dimensiuni: 152 x 231 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.4 kg
Editura: Duke University Press
Colecția Duke University Press


"I enjoyed reading Subverting Colonial Authority, and feel it significantly contributes to the literature on colonial Latin America and the Andean region."—Robert Jackson, History: A Review of Books"[A] very interesting and fine book. Serulnikov has made an important contribution to our understanding of peasant politics and consciousness, colonial authority and legitimacy, and the evolving understandings peasants and rulers had of each other.”—Ward Stavig, American Historical Review"In this important work, Serulnikov concentrates on explaining manifestations of subaltern politics and culture. His well-researched findings from Bolivian and Argentine archives raise important questions about the actions of those at various levels in the Spanish colonial administration and make clear obvious faultlines for future research."—Maurice P. Brungardt, Colonial Latin American Historical Review"This book finally gives us important insights into one of the major colonial Andean rebellions and has implications for understanding the effects of the Bourbon reforms in late colonial Spanish America. . . . [S]pecialists will find this book a very useful, indeed essential, addition to the literature."—Erick D. Langer, Journal of Social History"[O]utstanding. . . . [A] fascinating account of popular political mobilization that successfully combines detailed archival research with the rich historiography of the late colonial Andes. . . . [A] path-breaking study. . . ."—Matthew D. O'Hara, Itinerario"[I]ntelligent, well argued and convincingly set out. . . . [T]his is a most welcome contribution to the study of the Andean rebellions, filling a gap in reading lists for courses analysing the transition from colonial rule in Hispanic America."—Matthew Brown, Bulletin of Latin American Research“This book falls into a long line of good, sometimes pathbreaking, literature about the empowerment and agency of Indians in the Spanish colonial empire of America. . . . Serulnikov's study deepens and enriches our understanding of the remarkable synthesis that occurred when Spaniards and Indians came together to make a new society.”— Lawrence A. Clayton, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Sergio Serulnikov is Assistant Professor of History at Boston College.

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"Sergio Serulnikov analyzes the root causes, key moments, and bloody consequences of the massive indigenous revolt that nearly toppled Spanish rule in the southern Andes in the early 1780s. Exhaustively researched and cogently argued, this is a major work on the connection between everyday resistance to colonialism and revolutionary upheaval to end it forever. Essential reading for students and scholars of colonial rule everywhere."--John H. Coatsworth, Harvard University