Revolution in the Andes

The Age of Túpac Amaru

Revolution in the Andes

Latin America in Translation/En Traducción/Em Tradução

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Book Pages: 184 Illustrations: 3 maps Published: September 2013

Author: Sergio Serulnikov

Translator: David Frye

Contributor: Charles F. Walker

History > Latin American History, Latin American Studies > Andes

Revolution in the Andes is an in-depth history of the Túpac Amaru insurrection, the largest and most threatening indigenous challenge to Spanish rule in the Andean world after the Conquest. Between 1780 and 1782, insurgent armies were organized throughout the Andean region. Some of the oldest and most populous cities in this region—including Cusco, La Paz, Puno, and Oruro—were besieged, assaulted, or occupied. Huge swaths of the countryside fell under control of the rebel forces. While essentially an indigenous movement, the rebellion sometimes attracted mestizo and Creole support for ousting the Spanish and restoring rule of the Andes to the land's ancestral owners. Sergio Serulnikov chronicles the uprisings and the ensuing war between rebel forces and royalist armies, emphasizing that the insurrection was comprised of several regional movements with varied ideological outlooks, social makeup, leadership structures, and expectations of change.


“This well-written book is accessible for undergraduates while analytically rich enough to satisfy experts.”  — E. E. O’Connor, Choice

Revolution in the Andesoffers us a fluid political narrative of events that is framed in wider structural context, sensitive to local dynamics, and penetrating in its analysis. It is written accessibly to engage a nonscholarly audience and is rendered into English with uncommon skill and elegance by translator David Frye. Ultimately, Serulnikov offers a new vision of how the political thinking and mobilization of Andean insurgents.” — Sinclair Thomson, Hispanic American Historical Review

“In this thin volume, Serulnikov manages to present an excellent overview of the insurrection as well as a nuanced discussion of regional and local variations. He references a large historiography dating from the 1950s to the present, and an array of archival material, including quotations from Túpac Amaru II and imperial officials.”

— Michael J. Gonzalez, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Geared to undergraduate and popular audiences, Revolution in the Andes features meticulous accounts of complex events in plain, lucid language." — Jason B. McClure, Michigan War Studies Review

"Serulnikov does an impressive job making the tangled story coherent…" — Jeremy Ravi Mumford, American Historical Review

“Serulnikov succeeds admirably in encapsulating a chronologically and geographically coherent narrative of revolution from 1780 to 1782, which is easily accessible to readers with no prior knowledge.” — Marc Eagle, History: Reviews of New Books

“An exceptional synthesis of the Age of Andean Insurrection. Apt for specialists and nonspecialists alike.” — José Carlos De la Puente Luna, Latin American Research Review

"Revolution in the Andes is the best single account that I have read of the great uprisings led by Túpac Amaru and the other neo-Incan rebels. It is likely to become a much-read book among scholars of Latin America history, culture, and politics, especially Andeanists." — Orin Starn, author of Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes

"In this outstanding book, Sergio Serulnikov, one of the foremost scholars of the late-colonial Andes, digests a large, multilingual historiography into a single cohesive narrative, framing the largest indigenous revolution of the New World after the Conquest for a wide audience. At the same time, he offers specialists provocative insights and attention to nuance, complexity, and local heterogeneity."— — Jeremy Adelman, author of Republic of Capital: Buenos Aires and the Legal Transformation of the Atlantic World


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Sergio Serulnikov is Professor of History at the University of San Andrés in Buenos Aires and researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la Argentina. His previous books include Subverting Colonial Authority: Challenges to Spanish Rule in Eighteenth-Century Southern Andes, published by Duke University Press.

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Foreword / Charles F. Walker xi

1. The Violence of Facts 1

2. The Violence of Time 5

3. Indian Communities Do Politics 17

4. Rituals of Justice, Acts of Subversion 31

5. The Idea of the Inca 35

6. Cusco under Siege 49

7. "Perverted in These Revolutions" 55

8. The Road of Chuquisaca 65

9. Creole Tupamaristas 73

10. Radicalized Violence in Upper Peru 91

11. The Death of Túpac Amaru 99

12. The Heirs 107

13. "Tomás Túpac-Katari, Inca King" 115

14. War against the Q'aras 121

15. The Battle for La Paz 125

16. The End of an Era 135

17. The Stubbornness of Facts 139

Glossary 143

References 147

Index 155
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-5498-7 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-5483-3
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