El Perú borbónico 1750-1824
Lima: IEP, 2000. first edition. Paperback. 359p., wrps. Near Fine in Wraps. Item #9035
We Peruvians have become accustomed to seeing the conjuncture that goes from the rebellion of Tupac Amaru II, to the achievement of independence, as the epoch of preparation and struggle for the definitive separation of Spain. However, both the governors and officials of the vierreinato, as members of the ruling classes, and the peasants of the haciendas and communities of the country, were frequently involved in conflicts, debates and businesses of all kinds, which sometimes only little had to do directly with independence, but they even transcended it, extending for many decades afterwards. El Peru borbonico, is a book that collects a story so far always elusive: that of the last projects of economic and political reform of Peru carried out by the colonial administration and by the Creole officials who still believed in the possibility of bridge between the colony and freedom. The book also confronts the historiographical debates around Independence, offering at this point an original and finely ironic perspective of the process.