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Lines in the Sand Nationalism and Identity on the Peruvian-Chilean Frontier by William E. Skuban

Lines in the Sand Nationalism and Identity on the Peruvian-Chilean Frontier


Lines in the Sand Nationalism and Identity on the Peruvian-Chilean Frontier by William E. Skuban

Following the war of the Pacific (1879-1883), Chile and Peru signed the Treaty of Ancon (1884) that, in part, dealt with settling a territorial dispute over the provinces of Tacna and Arica along the countries' new common border. The treaty allowed Chile to administer the two provinces for a period of ten years, after which a plebiscite would allow the region's inhabitants to determine their own nationality. At the end of the prearranged decade, however, the Chilean and the Peruvian governments had failed to conduct the vote that would determine the fate of the people. Over a quarter of a century later, and after attempts by the U.S. government to mediate the dispute, the two countries in 1929 decided simply to divide the area, with Arica becoming a part of Chile and Peru reincorporating Tacna. Against the backdrop of this contested frontier, William Skuban explores the processes of nationalism and national identity formation in the half century that followed the War of the Pacific. He first considers the national projects of Peru and Chile in the disputed territories and then moves on to how these efforts were received among the diverse social strata of the region. Skuban's study highlights the fabricated nature of national identity in what became one of the most contentious frontier situations in South American history.

About the Author

William E. Skuban is an associate professor in the history department at California State University, Fresno.

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Publication date

15th October 2007


William E. Skuban

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University of New Mexico Press


336 pages


History of the Americas



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