Plebeian Republic The Huanta Rebellion and the Making of the Peruvian State, 1820-1850

ISBN-10: 0822334410
ISBN-13: 9780822334415
Edition: 2005
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Description: Combining social and political history, The Plebeian Republic challenges well-established interpretations of state-making, rural society, and caudillo politics during the early years of Peru's republic. Cecilia Mendez presents the first in-depth  More...

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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Combining social and political history, The Plebeian Republic challenges well-established interpretations of state-making, rural society, and caudillo politics during the early years of Peru's republic. Cecilia Mendez presents the first in-depth reconstruction and analysis of the Huanta rebellion, an uprising of peasants from the Huanta province in the department of Ayacucho against the recently established Peruvain republic between 1825 and 1828. By situating the rebellion within the broader context of early nineteenth-century Peruvian politics and tracing Huanta peasants' transformation from monarchist rebels to liberal guerrillas, Mendez complicates understandings of what it meant to be a patriot, a citizen, a monarchist, a liberal, and a Peruvian during a foundational moment in the history of South American nation-states. In addition to official sources such as trial dossiers, census records, tax rolls, wills, and notary and military records, Mendez uses a wide variety of previously unexplored sources produced by the mostly Quechua-speaking rebels. She reveals the Huanta rebellion as a complex interaction of social, linguistic, economic, and political forces. Rejecting ideas of the Andean rebels as passive and reactionary, she depicts the barely literate insurgents as having had a clear idea of national political struggles and contends that most leaders of the uprising invoked monarchism as a source of legitimacy but did not espouse it as a political system. She argues that despite their pronouncements of loyalty to the Spanish crown, the rebels' behavior evinced a political vision that was quite different from both the colonial regime and the republic that followed it.

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Republic's First Peasant Uprising
Royalism in the Crisis of Independence
Words and Images: The People and the King
The World of the Peasants: Landscapes and Networks
Government in Uchuraccay
The Plebeian Republic
Epilogue
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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