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In Search of an Inca examines how people in the Andean region have invoked the Incas to question and rethink colonialism and injustice, from the time of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century until the late twentieth century. It stresses the recurrence of the "Andean utopia," that is, the idealization of the precolonial past as an era of harmony, justice, and prospe In Search of an Inca examines how people in the Andean region have invoked the Incas to question and rethink colonialism and injustice, from the time of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century until the late twentieth century. It stresses the recurrence of the "Andean utopia," that is, the idealization of the precolonial past as an era of harmony, justice, and prosperity and the foundation for political and social agendas for the future. In this award-winning work, Alberto Flores Galindo highlights how different groups imagined the pre-Hispanic world as a model for a new society. These included those conquered by the Spanish in the sixteenth century but also rebels in the colonial and modern era and a heterogeneous group of intellectuals and dissenters. This sweeping and accessible history of the Andes over the last five hundred years offers important reflections on and grounds for comparison of memory, utopianism, and resistance.


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In Search of an Inca examines how people in the Andean region have invoked the Incas to question and rethink colonialism and injustice, from the time of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century until the late twentieth century. It stresses the recurrence of the "Andean utopia," that is, the idealization of the precolonial past as an era of harmony, justice, and prospe In Search of an Inca examines how people in the Andean region have invoked the Incas to question and rethink colonialism and injustice, from the time of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century until the late twentieth century. It stresses the recurrence of the "Andean utopia," that is, the idealization of the precolonial past as an era of harmony, justice, and prosperity and the foundation for political and social agendas for the future. In this award-winning work, Alberto Flores Galindo highlights how different groups imagined the pre-Hispanic world as a model for a new society. These included those conquered by the Spanish in the sixteenth century but also rebels in the colonial and modern era and a heterogeneous group of intellectuals and dissenters. This sweeping and accessible history of the Andes over the last five hundred years offers important reflections on and grounds for comparison of memory, utopianism, and resistance.

30 review for In Search of an Inca: Identity and Utopia in the Andes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caedi

    Soooo glad that I read this book. I felt a little like I'd jumped into the deep end when I first started, because I knew next to nothing about Peruvian history, and the author assumes some level of familiarity. Once I caught on to the general timeline and key players, though, I was pulled in to this fantastic web of social pressures, colorful heroes, and literature that Flores Galindo weaves together. I came away feeling like I had a better understanding not only of Peru's history, but of its un Soooo glad that I read this book. I felt a little like I'd jumped into the deep end when I first started, because I knew next to nothing about Peruvian history, and the author assumes some level of familiarity. Once I caught on to the general timeline and key players, though, I was pulled in to this fantastic web of social pressures, colorful heroes, and literature that Flores Galindo weaves together. I came away feeling like I had a better understanding not only of Peru's history, but of its unique spirit. Best quote from stranger while reading this book: "Wait... just ONE Inca? What about all the other Incas?"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maxi Bove pugliese

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. El título de estos ensayos es muy descriptivo. El autor hace un recorrido histórico y antropológico de la búsqueda casi mesiánica del campesinado indígena andino de un Inca; es decir, volver a la utopía pasada - cierta o no - del mundo prehispanico. Esto se articula con la identidad andina como la conjunción asimétrica de la imposición española y las raíces originales. Obra profunda, detallada, por momentos árida pero muy interesante y fructífera para comprender la mentalidad y el desarrollo hist El título de estos ensayos es muy descriptivo. El autor hace un recorrido histórico y antropológico de la búsqueda casi mesiánica del campesinado indígena andino de un Inca; es decir, volver a la utopía pasada - cierta o no - del mundo prehispanico. Esto se articula con la identidad andina como la conjunción asimétrica de la imposición española y las raíces originales. Obra profunda, detallada, por momentos árida pero muy interesante y fructífera para comprender la mentalidad y el desarrollo histórico andino, y en particular del Perú.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hugo Villar Carrillo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. dffd

  4. 4 out of 5

    Faisal Jamal

    Amazing book. Great subject. Unexpected

  5. 4 out of 5

    h

    series of essays that trace andean utopia ideology since the spanish conquest. flores galindo is deservedly one of the lights of recent peruvian scholarship and this translation is easily reabable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luis Ramos Choqueconza

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