Cochabamba, 1550-1900

Cochabamba, 1550-1900

Colonialism and Agrarian Transformation in Bolivia

  • Author: Larson, Brooke
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822320616
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780822379850
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 1998
  • Month: March
  • Pages: 456
  • DDC: 305.5/633/098423
  • Language: English
Winner of the 1990 Best Book Award from the New England Council on Latin American Studies

This study of Bolivia uses Cochabamba as a laboratory to examine the long-term transformation of native Andean society into a vibrant Quechua-Spanish-mestizo region of haciendas and smallholdings, towns and villages, peasant markets and migratory networks caught in the web of Spanish imperial politics and economics. Combining economic, social, and ethnohistory, Brooke Larson shows how the contradictions of class and colonialism eventually gave rise to new peasant, artisan, and laboring groups that challenged the evolving structures of colonial domination. Originally published in 1988, this expanded edition includes a new final chapter that explores the book’s implications for understanding the formation of a distinctive peasant political culture in the Cochabamba valleys over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Tables
  • Foreword / William Roseberry
  • Preface to the Duke Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1. Along the Inca Frontier
  • 2. The Emergence of a Market Economy
  • 3. Declining State Power and the Struggle over Labor
  • 4. Andean Village Society
  • 5. Haciendas and the Rival Peasant Economy
  • 6. The Landowning Class: Hard Times and Windfall Profits
  • 7. The Spirit and Limites of Enterprise
  • 8. The Ebb Tide of Colonial Rule
  • 9. Colonial Legacies and Class Formation
  • 10. Cochabamba: (Re)constructing a History
  • Appendix
  • Glossary
  • Archival Material
  • Index


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