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Power and violence in the colonial city [electronic resource] : Oruro from the mining renaissance to the rebellion of Tupac Amaru, 1740-1782 /
Oscar Cornblit ; translated by Elizabeth Ladd Glick.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
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x, 230 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
052144148X (hardback)
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
isbn
052144148X (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8370739
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-222) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-03:
In this series of vignettes describing events in the Andean city of Oruro, Cornblit treats municipal politics and litigation in the 1740s, silver mining production from 1700 to 1797, and Indian rebellion in the 1780s. Although each topic contains some valuable information, there is little internal unity to tie the themes together. Cornblit (Torcuato Di Tella Institute, Buenos Aires) used Bolivian, Peruvian, Argentine, and Spanish archival materials as well as printed primary and secondary sources. The translation is both too literal and too rough, largely because of the difficulty posed by long quotations from 18th-century documents. Either the author or the translator confuses the royal mining tax and the tithe collected for church support. A chapter sketching the structure of Spanish American administration fails to achieve the clarity of C.H. Haring's venerable classic, The Spanish Empire in America (1947). Recommended for faculty who specialize in the history of Upper Peru (modern Bolivia). D. M. Flusche; Eastern Michigan University
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"...a valuable contribution to our understanding of Spanish society in Peru, of the vicissitudes of Andean mining, and of the convoluted social currents in a colonial uprising that some experts believe may have taken the lives of more than 100,000 Indians and settlers." Michael F. Brown, American Anthropologist
"This is an excellently translated and well-edited volume....The maps, figures, and tables are all clear and concise, and provide a good supplement to the text....an important contribution to Andean mining, political, and resistance history, and should be included in any serious library on Latin America." H-Net Book Review
"Given the importance of the book's subject, the author's knowledge of much local detail and a helpful documentary appendix, specialists on the history of late colonial mining and politics in the Andes will find this work useful..." Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"...interesting, important....Cornblit's study is important..."Susan Migden Socolow, American Historical review
"Power and Violence provides and excellent examination of conflict over city government and its early chapters usefully complement the political analysis in Jacques A. Barbier's Reform and Politics in Bourbon Chile, 1755-1796 (1980). The vivid narrative and thoughtful analysis of the 1781 uprising in Oruro is also notable." The Americas
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This book examines the characteristics of political power in the cities of the colonial Spanish Empire between the 1740s and 1780s, based on a detailed study of the mining city of Oruro in Alto Peru (present-day Bolivia), emphasizing the workings of the judicial system and role of the bureaucracy.
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Based on a detailed study of the mining city of Oruro in Alto Peru (present-day Bolivia), this book examines the characteristics of political power in the cities of the colonial Spanish Empire between the 1740s and 1780s. Special emphasis is given to the specific forms of the exercise of power, assessing in particular the workings of the judicial system and the material opportunities that were open to different bureaucratic officials. Towards the end of this period, the analysis focuses on the Indian uprisings of the 1780s and the reasons which led to the alliances or confrontations between the actors of the distinct bands, either white or Indian.
Main Description
This book examines the characteristics of political power in the cities of the colonial Spanish Empire between the 1740s and 1780s, based on a detailed study of the mining city of Oruro in Alto Peru (present-day Bolivia), emphasizing the workings of the judicial system and the role of the bureaucracy. Toward the end of this period, the analysis focuses on the Indian uprisings of the 1780s (the rebellions of Tupac Amaru) and the reasons that led to the alliances or confrontations between the actors of the distinct bands, whether white or Indian.
Main Description
This book examines the characteristics of political power in the cities of the colonial Spanish Empire between the 1740s and 1780s, based on a detailed study of the mining city of Oruro in Alto Peru (present-day Bolivia). Special emphasis is given to the specific forms of the exercise of power, assessing in particular the workings of the judicial system and the material opportunities that were open to different bureaucratic officials. Towards the end of this period, the analysis focuses on the Indian uprisings of the 1780s (the rebellions of Tupac Amaru) and the reasons which led to the alliances or confrontations between the actors of the distinct bands, either white or Indian.
Table of Contents
Preface
Oruro between two epochs: a mining cycle
Under Spanish law
Oruro in 1741: details of a stormy election
The people
Madmen, comedians, and hypocrites
Captains of shipwreck
Returning to the known
'The fruits of the earth'
The end of an epoch: the indigenous uprisings of 1780-1781
Oruro in the economic and geopolitical context of the epoch (circa 1780-1781)
The Oruro uprising
The voice of the rebels
Picking up the pieces
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
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