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Cochabamba, 1550-1900 Colonialism and Agrarian Transformation in Bolivia

by Brooke Larson

Cochabamba, 1550-1900 Colonialism and Agrarian Transformation in Bolivia Synopsis

Winner of the 1990 Best Book Award from the New England Council on Latin American StudiesThis 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.

Cochabamba, 1550-1900 Colonialism and Agrarian Transformation in Bolivia Press Reviews

This book makes it clear that the history of these valleys is unique, with its large forastero, cholo, and mestizo populations, who worked for the haciendas, supplied grain to the silver miners, and evolved into a commercially vibrant, bilingual people with a rich ethnic heritage. * Agriculture and Human Values * In light of the important reflections on the book by Roseberry and the author herself, and the quality and relevance of Cochabamba, 1550-1990, the decision to reissue it is clearly a good one. * Colonial Latin American Historical Review * [A] magnificent work in social history. In terms of its historical scope, rich detail, and theoretical sophistication, [Larson's] work represents a model for social historians. -- Erwin P. Grieshaber * The Americas * [Cochabamba] stands as an impressive and theoretically engaging study in historical anthropology and the political economy of colonialism. -- Mark T. Berger * Latin American Research Review * [T]he work of a master historian, finding, analyzing, and interpreting archival sources with both discipline and insight. -William Roseberry, from the Foreword Larson's work is a major study in the Latin American field . . . magnificent and original. . . . `Must' reading for all agrarian and social historians of Latin America. -Steve J. Stern, University of Wisconsin In light of the important reflections on the book by Roseberry and the author herself, and the quality and relevance of Cochabamba, 1550-1990, the decision to reissue it is clearly a good one. - Colonial Latin American Historical Review [Cochabamba] stands as an impressive and theoretically engaging study in historical anthropology and the political economy of colonialism. - Mark T. Berger, Latin American Research Review [A] magnificent work in social history. In terms of its historical scope, rich detail, and theoretical sophistication, [Larson's] work represents a model for social historians. - Erwin P. Grieshaber, The Americas This book makes it clear that the history of these valleys is unique, with its large forastero, cholo, and mestizo populations, who worked for the haciendas, supplied grain to the silver miners, and evolved into a commercially vibrant, bilingual people with a rich ethnic heritage. - Agriculture and Human Values In light of the important reflections on the book by Roseberry and the author herself, and the quality and relevance of Cochabamba, 1550-1990, the decision to reissue it is clearly a good one. - Colonial Latin American Historical Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780822320883
Publication date: 18th March 1998
Author: Brooke Larson
Publisher: Duke University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 456 pages
Categories: History of the Americas, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Rural communities, Social classes, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Colonialism & imperialism, National liberation & independence, post-colonialism, Economic history,

About Brooke Larson

Brooke Larson is Professor of History and Director of Latin American Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook. She is the coeditor of Ethnicity, Markets, and Migration in the Andes, also published by Duke University Press.

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