Lines in the Sand Nationalism and Identity on the Peruvian-Chilean Frontier

ISBN-10: 082634223X
ISBN-13: 9780826342232
Edition: 2007
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Description: Following the War of the Pacific (1879-1883), Chile and Peru signed the Treaty of Anc???n (1884) that, in part, dealt with settling a territorial dispute over the provinces of Tacna and Arica along the countries' new common border. The treaty  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Following the War of the Pacific (1879-1883), Chile and Peru signed the Treaty of Anc???n (1884) that, in part, dealt with settling a territorial dispute over the provinces of Tacna and Arica along the countries' new common border. The treaty allowed Chile to administer the two provinces for a period of ten years, after which a plebiscite would allow the region's inhabitants to determine their own nationality. At the end of the prearranged decade, however, the Chilean and the Peruvian governments had failed to conduct the vote that would determine the fate of the people. Over a quarter of a century later, and after attempts by the U.S. government to mediate the dispute, the two countries in 1929 decided simply to divide the area, with Arica becoming a part of Chile and Peru reincorporating Tacna. Against the backdrop of this contested frontier, William Skuban explores the processes of nationalism and national identity formation in the half century that followed the War of the Pacific. He first considers the national projects of Peru and Chile in the disputed territories and then moves on to how these efforts were received among the diverse social strata of the region. Skuban's study highlights the fabricated nature of national identity in what became one of the most contentious frontier situations in South American history.

William E. Skuban is an associate professor in the history department at California State University, Fresno.

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Nationalism and Identity
The Question of the Pacific
Official Nationalism: The Chileanization of Tacna and Arica
The Plebiscitary Crucible
The Elite Public Sphere
Nationalism and the Popular Sectors
Nationalism and the "Indian Question"
Conclusion: The Closing of the Peruvian-Chilean Frontier
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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