The Indian nobility of the Andes - largely descended from the Inca monarchs and other pre-conquest lords - occupied a crucial economic and political position in late colonial Andean society, a position widely accepted as legitimate until the Tupac Amaru rebellion. Shadows of Empire traces the history of this late colonial elite and examines the pre-conquest and colonial foundations of their privilege and authority. It brings to light the organization and the ideology of the Indian nobility in the bishopric of Cusco in the decades before the rebellion, and uses this nobility as a lens through which to study the internal organization and tension of late colonial Indian communities. The work analyzes the significance of the collapse of the Indian nobility, both repudiated by the Indian commons and the crown in the last years of Spanish rule, following the rebellion to the emergence of the creole-dominated republican order after 1825.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
"This is a fine-grained study, meticulously researched and scrupulously written, and it represents a considerable achievement. It should remain the standard reference on the late colonial vicissitudes of the Inca nobles and other indigenous elites in southern Peru. Its emphasis on social divergence within interlocking indigenous, and even non-indigenous, elites and local governance has significant implications for the study of politics, society, and power well beyond the colonial era.
-David Cahill, University of New South Wales, American Historical Review