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Week 4: Reform, Resistance and Rebellion in the Eighteenth-Century

Week 4: Reform, Resistance and Rebellion in the Eighteenth-Century

Tupac Amaru

Seminar Questions:


How was citizenship imagined for different groups in colonial Latin America? How was this reflected in legislation? How did ordinary people relate to the state in colonial Latin America? How did they use the law to resist and/ or negotiate to protect their interests? 


Core Readings:

Matt D. Childs, “Recreating African Ethnic Identities in Cuba” in Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Matt D. Childs and James Sidbury (eds.), The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade, edited by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, et al., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013, 85-100. 


Brian Owensby, "Between justice and economics: "Indians" and reformism in eighteenth-century Spanish imperial thought." in Lauren Benton and Richard J. Ross (eds.) Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850. New York: New York University Press, 2013.



Further Reading:

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Matt D. Childs, and James Sidbury, eds. The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.

Mariza de Carvalho Soares. People of faith: slavery and African Catholics in eighteenth-century Rio de Janeiro. Translated by Jerry D. Metz. Duke University Press, 2011.

Earle, R. (2016) ‘The Pleasures of Taxonomy: Casta Paintings, Classification and Colonialism’ in The Willian and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 73, pp. 427-466.

Fernandez, M. (2014) ‘Castas, Monstrous Bodies and Soft’ in Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture. Austin: University of Texas, pp. 68-102.

Alberto Flores Galindo, In Search of an Inca: Identity and Utopia in the Andes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Gonzalez Garcia, J. M. (2012) Latin America in the 18 Century: Between the “Casta Paintings” Racism and the “Whitening” of the Population, in ResearchGate. January, pp.152-171.  

Katzew, I. and Deans-Smith, S. (eds) (2009) Race and Classification: The Case of Mexican America. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Brooke Larson. Cochabamba, 1550-1900: Colonialism and Agrarian Transformation in Bolivia. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998.

Martinez, E.M. (2008) Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Anthony Pagden. Spanish Imperialism and the Political Imagination: Studies in European and Spanish-American Social and Political Theory 1513-1830. New Haven/ London: Yale, 1990.

Ward Stavig. “Ambiguous Visions: Nature, Law, and Culture in Indigenous-Spanish Land Relations in Colonial Peru.Hispanic American Historical Review (2000) 80 (1): 77-112.

Ward Stavig. “Ethnic Conflict, Moral Economy and Population in Rural Cuzco on the Eve of the Thupa Amaro II Rebellion,” Hispanic American Historical Review, vol.68, (1988)

Steve J. Stern. Resistance, Rebellion and Consciousness in the Andean Peasant World 18th to 20th Centuries. University of Wisconsin Press, 1987. (Relevant Chapters.)

Steve J. Stern. The Secret History of Gender: Women, Men and Power in Late Colonial Mexico. University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Sweet, James H. Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African-Portuguese World, 1441-1770. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

William B. Taylor Magistrates of the Sacred: Priests and Parishioners in Eighteenth-Century Mexico. Stanford University Press, 1997.

Charles Walker. The Tupac Amaru Rebellion. Harvard University Press, 2014.

Charles Walker. Shaky Colonialism: The 1746 Earthquake-Tsunami in Lima Peru and its Long Aftermath. Durham/ London: Duke University Press, 2008.

Charles Walker and Liz Clarke. Witness to the Age of Revolution

Weber, David J.. Bárbaros : Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment, Yale University Press, 2005. 

Primary sources: 


Matthew Restal, Lisa Sousa and Kevin Terraciano (eds.) Mesoamerican Voices: Native Language Writings from Colonial Mexico, Yucatan and Guatemala. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2005. (Esp. Household and Land Section).

The wife of the rebel Tupac Amaru II is executed in Cuzco, 1781