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Andean Cosmopolitans


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Table of Contents

  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Don Melchor Is Dead
  • 2. Khipus, Community, and the Pursuit of Justice in Sixteenth-Century Peru
  • 3. The Expanding Web: Indigenous Claimants Join the Early Modern Atlantic
  • 4. Who Speaks for the Indians? Lima, Castile, and the Rise of the Nacion Indica
  • 5. At His Majesty's Expense: Imperial Quandaries and Indigenous Visitors at Court
  • 6. What's in a Name? Impostors, Forgeries, and the Limits of Transatlantic Advocacy
  • 7. The Great Inca Don Luis I
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

About the Author

Jose Carlos de la Puente Luna is an associate professor of history at Texas State University. He is the author of Los curacas hechiceros de Jauja: Batallas magicas y legales en el Peru colonial and coeditor of El quipu colonial: estudios y materiales.


"Jose Carlos de la Puente Luna achieves a triumph of research, analysis, and prose...Experts will marvel at its simultaneously local and global scope and its profound new perspectives on the viceregal period." * Hispanic American Historical Review *
"The remarkable strengths of de la Puente Luna's book: constant attention to the indigenous as that which is constructed in discourse and through discourse, and thus is indicative of subjection, limited by the law, yet transformative of it, in the charged contexts of local and imperial representation." * Renaissance Quarterly *
"De La Puente has shown himself a virtuoso researcher in many archives, and at the same time a powerful renovator of New World history in the wide frame. He changes our view of the seventeenth century by clarifying how the institutions called Andean community took shape-and also by proving that community is not the whole Andean story. Everyone concerned with creating a truly 'forward-facing' history of the New World peoples will want to read Andean Cosmopolitans." * Ethnohistory *
"[An] important monograph...Anyone wanting to understand the centrality of the legal system for shifting social and power constellations in the colonial Andes needs to read this impressive work of scholarship." * Journal of Latin American Studies *
"Andean Cosmopolitans is a nuanced and comprehensive study...What makes the book so exciting is its unusual historiographical combination. De la Puente Luna brings together two historiographies, each with their own traditions, methods, and paradigms: ethnohistory and Atlantic history...This beautifully documented study is also a deep exploration of the meaning of indigeneity in the Spanish Empire. The indigenous world reconstructed here is unpredictable, in flux, and fascinating." * H-Net Reviews, Latin America *

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