Revolution in the Andes is an in-depth history of the Tupac Amaru insurrection, the largest and most threatening indigenous challenge to Spanish rule in the Andean world after the Conquest. Between 1780 and 1782, insurgent armies were organized throughout the Andean region. Some of the oldest and most populous cities in this region-including Cusco, La Paz, Puno, and Oruro-were besieged, assaulted, or occupied. Huge swaths of the countryside fell under control of the rebel forces. While essentially an indigenous movement, the rebellion sometimes attracted mestizo and Creole support for ousting the Spanish and restoring rule of the Andes to the land's ancestral owners. Sergio Serulnikov chronicles the uprisings and the ensuing war between rebel forces and royalist armies, emphasizing that the insurrection was comprised of several regional movements with varied ideological outlooks, social makeup, leadership structures, and expectations of change.
Sergio Serulnikov is Professor of History at the University of San Andres in Buenos Aires and researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas de la Argentina. His previous books include Subverting Colonial Authority: Challenges to Spanish Rule in Eighteenth-Century Southern Andes, published by Duke University Press.
Foreword / Charles F. Walker xi 1. The Violence of Facts 1 2. The Violence of Time 5 3. Indian Communities Do Politics 17 4. Rituals of Justice, Acts of Subversion 31 5. The Idea of the Inca 35 6. Cusco under Siege 49 7. "Perverted in These Revolutions" 55 8. The Road of Chuquisaca 65 9. Creole Tupamaristas 73 10. Radicalized Violence in Upper Peru 91 11. The Death of Tupac Amaru 99 12. The Heirs 107 13. "Tomas Tupac-Katari, Inca King" 115 14. War against the Q'aras 121 15. The Battle for La Paz 125 16. The End of an Era 135 17. The Stubbornness of Facts 139 Glossary 143 References 147 Index 155