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Author Thomson, Sinclair.

Title We alone will rule : native Andean politics in the age of insurgency / Sinclair Thomson.

Published Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [2002]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  980.013 THOM    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 399 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Series Living in Latin America.
Living in Latin America.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Contours for a History of Power and Political Transformation in the Aymara Highlands 3 -- 2. Inherited Structure of Authority 27 -- 3. Crisis of Andean Rule (I): Institutional and Intracommunity Strife 64 -- 4. Crisis of Andean Rule (II): The Reparto Connection and Breakdown of Mediation 106 -- 5. Emancipation Projects and Dynamics of Native Insurgency (I): The Awaited Day of Andean Self-Rule 140 -- 6. Emancipation Projects and Dynamics of Native Insurgency (II): The Storm of War under Tupaj Katari 180 -- 7. Aftermath of Insurgency and Renegotiation of Power 232.
Summary In the same era as the American, French, and Haitian revolutions, a powerful anticolonial movement swept across the highland Andes in 1780-1781. Initially unified around Tupac Amaru, a descendant of Inka royalty from Cuzco, it reached its most radical and violent phase in the region of La Paz (present-day Bolivia) where Aymara-speaking Indians waged war against Europeans under the peasant commander Tupaj Katari. The great Andean insurrection has received scant attention by historians of the "Age of Revolution," but in this book Sinclair Thomson reveals the connections between ongoing local struggles over Indian community government and a larger anticolonial revolutionary experience.
Previous studies of the insurrection have centered on the initial stage of the movement in Cuzco and tended to misrepresent the phase in La Paz as an atavistic "race war" against whites. By focusing on La Paz, Thomson shows that a process of struggle at the local level, combined with transformations within Aymara indigenous communities over a period of decades, contributed to the overall breakdown of Spanish colonial order and shaped the dynamics of the insurgency. As peasant commoners increasingly challenged their traditional ethnic lords (caciques), they upset the established apparatus of colonial rule in the Andean countryside, and they brought about a democratization of power relations within their communities. These local struggles converged with more ambitious designs for Indian government and self-determination, as the insurgents envisioned the possibility of Indian-white equality, Indian hegemony over other peoples in the Andes, or outright elimination of the colonial enemy. This experience in the late colonial period continued to shape peasant community organization and influence national political life in the Andes into the present.
Subject Tupac-Amaru, José Gabriel, 1738?-1781.
Quechua Indians -- History -- 18th century.
Aymara Indians -- History -- 18th century.
Quechua Indians -- Wars.
Aymara Indians -- Wars.
Quechua Indians -- Politics and government.
Aymara Indians -- Politics and government.
Peasant uprisings -- Andes Region -- History -- 18th century.
Peru -- History -- Insurrection of Tupac Amaru, 1780-1781.
Peru -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
ISBN 0299177904 (cloth : alk. paper)
0299177947 (paperback: alk. paper)