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Shadows of Empire
The Indian Nobility of Cusco, 1750–1825

Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107405479


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  • The Indian nobility of the Andes - largely descended from the Inca monarchs and other pre-conquest lords - occupied a crucial economic and political position in late colonial Andean society, a position widely accepted as legitimate until the Túpac Amaru rebellion. Shadows of Empire traces the history of this late colonial elite and examines the pre-conquest and colonial foundations of their privilege and authority. It brings to light the organization and the ideology of the Indian nobility in the bishopric of Cusco in the decades before the rebellion, and uses this nobility as a lens through which to study the internal organization and tension of late colonial Indian communities. The work analyzes the significance of the collapse of the Indian nobility, both repudiated by the Indian commons and the crown in the last years of Spanish rule, following the rebellion to the emergence of the creole-dominated republican order after 1825.

    • First archivally-based, close analysis of late colonial Andean indigenous elites
    • Examination of the great Tupac Amaru rebellion from the standpoint of the Indian nobility
    • Joins the imperial institutional and legal history of the Spanish Andes to that of local, indigenous societies
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107405479
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Indian Elites and the Colonial Order:
    1. Spanish conquest and the Habsburg reforms
    2. The long seventeenth century
    Part II. The Indian Nobility of Bourbon Cusco:
    3. Cacical families and provincial nobilities
    4. Communal economies and Indian fortunes
    5. The politics of the Cacicazgo
    Part III. Crisis and Collapse:
    6. From reform to rebellion
    7. The breakdown of colonial order.

  • Author

    David T. Garrett, Reed College, Oregon

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