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Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes

  • Datum: 12.12.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 15:00 - 17:00
  • Vortragender: Jeremy Mumford, Brown University (USA)
  • Ort: MPIeR
  • Raum: Z 01

In relation with the End of Empires colloquium, Dr. Jeremy Mumford of Brown University (USA) will be visiting the Institute to participate in our Meet the Author Series. In 2012, Dr. Mumford published the book, Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes, which investigates the often-mentioned but never deeply-analyzed resettlement  of indigenous communities in Peru, following the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. As a dissertation, this project won the “Mary & Arthur Wright Prize for best dissertation on a historical topic outside of North America and Europe” at Yale University, and in 2013 the book was awarded the New England Council for Latin American Studies, Best Book Prize, honorable mention. From Duke University Press, a short description of the book:

“In 1569 the Spanish viceroy Francisco de Toledo ordered more than one million native people of the central Andes to move to newly founded Spanish-style towns called reducciones. This campaign, known as the General Resettlement of Indians, represented a turning point in the history of European colonialism: a state forcing an entire conquered society to change its way of life overnight. But while this radical restructuring destroyed certain aspects of indigenous society, Jeremy Ravi Mumford's Vertical Empire reveals the ways that it preserved others. The campaign drew on colonial ethnographic inquiries into indigenous culture and strengthened the place of native lords in colonial society. In the end, rather than destroying the web of Andean communities, the General Resettlement added another layer to indigenous culture, a culture that the Spaniards glimpsed and that Andeans defended fiercely.”

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