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Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825


Kenneth Andrien

This broadly gauged, synthetic study examines how the Spanish invasion of the Inca Empire (called Tawintinsuyu) in 1532 brought dramatic and irreversible transformations in traditional Andean modes of production, technology, politics, religion, culture, and social hierarchies. At the same time, Professor Andrien explains how the indigenous peoples merged these changes with their own political, socioeconomic, and religious traditions. In this way European and indigenous life ways became intertwined, producing a new and constantly evolving hybrid colonial order in the Andes.

After beginning with a study of Tawintinsuyu on the eve of the Spanish invasion, Andrien then presents the salient topics in Andean colonial history: the emergence of the colonial state; the colonial socioeconomic order; indigenous culture and society; Spanish attempts to impose Roman Catholic orthodoxy; and Andean resistance, rebellion, and political consciousness. By drawing on his own research and the contributions from scholars in many disciplines, Kenneth J. Andrien offers a masterful interpretation of Andean colonial history, one of the most dynamic and creative fields in Latin American studies.

"This is a clearly written, comprehensive, and well-balanced account. . . particularly in discussions of the often vexed and central question of Spanish versus Native American issues."--Peter J. Bakewell, Edmund and Louise Kahn Professor of History, Southern Methodist University


Part of the Diálogos Series of Latin American Studies


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Kenneth J. Andrien is the author of Crisis and Decline: The Viceroyalty of Perus in the Seventeenth Century (UNM Press), and The Kingdom of Quito, 1690-1830: The State and Regional Development.

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" Andean Worlds would serve as an excellent introduction to Andean colonial history and/or Indigenous culture, history, economics, and politics. This book would also be of interest to those interested in colonial studies more generally. . . . Few scholars are able to succesfully present this type of 'big picture' analysis of nearly three centuries of history but Andrien's book is intellectually stimulating while being both concise and readable."

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Indigenous Nations Studies Journal



"Andrien does an excellent job of synthesizing the best original scholarship, while always bringing out the most interesting anecdotes and characters."

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Hispanic American Historical Review



"Kenneth J. Andrien's Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture and Consciousness under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825 is a well-written, accessible volume that traces the history of the Andean people and their culture before and during Spanish rule."

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Sixteenth Century Journal



"Andrien's Andean Worlds is an impressive synthetic work that integrates a vast amount of scholarship from all fields to give a comprehensive picture of the experiences of native Andeans under colonialism. The book is not only packed with information; it is clearly and elegantly written."

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Journal of Interdisciplinary History




6 x 9 in. 304 pages 17 halftones, 5 maps