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The People Are King: The Making of an Indigenous Andean Politics

S. Elizabeth Penry


The People Are King traces the transformation of Andean communities under Inca and Spanish rule. The sixteenth-century Spanish resettlement policy known as reducción was pivotal to this transformation. Modeled on the Spanish ideal of república (self-government within planned towns) and shared sovereignty with their monarch, Spaniards in the Viceroyalty of Peru forced Andeans into resettlement towns. Andeans turned the tables on forced resettlement by making the towns their own and the center of their social, political, and religious lives. Andeans made a coherent life for themselves in a compl ... More

Keywords: Ayllu, reducción, ethnogenesis, Peru, Bolivia, cacique, Tupac Amaru, comunero, revolution, microhistory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780195161601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195161601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Elizabeth Penry, author
Assistant Professor of History, Fordham University