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Peru: Society and Nationhood in the Andes (Latin American Histories)by Peter F. Klaren
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Peru is a country with a remarkable history---in the earliest times, the Incas managed to found a major civilization here, despite the region's environment, which is one of the harshest in the world. The Spanish colonial rule which followed the conquest exploited basic mineral resources in the area without bringing either stability or wealth to the existing population, and unfortunately, economic depression and civil war have frequently left their pockmarks on Peruvian history ever since. In this book, Klaren explores the country's long history, with particular emphasis on social and economic issues, from pre-Incan times to 1995. Organized chronologically, the text also discusses the major themes of Peru's past, focusing not only on prominent figures, but on the daily lives of ordinary people as well.
The first major history to appear in English in over twenty years, Peru narrates and analyzes a past that reaches back over 10,000 years of Andean civilization. Drawing on the latest scholarship, Klaren explores the country's long history, with particular emphasis on social and economic issues. The book's underlying theme is the struggle, in both its ethnic and class dimensions, between Hispanic elites and indigenous masses over power and inclusion. Organized chronologically, the book devotes attention to prominent figures as well as to the daily lives of ordinary people. Peru highlights the divergent interpretation of the Andean past, allowing readers to come to their own conclusions on the controversial issues surrounding Peru and its remarkable history.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 439-477) and index.
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