Modernity at the Edge of Empire

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Challenging much received wisdom about nation-states--how they form, what sustains them, why they fail--this study of subaltern social groups in the Chachapoyas region of Peru analyzes the emergence of the modern nation-state "from below." By approaching nation-state formation from the perspective of the subaltern, the book offers a critique of scholarship that sees coercion and the imposition of social and cultural forms as the core of nation-state expansion. This "coercive" view bears virtually no relation to the complex transformations in power, culture, and economy that resulted in the consolidation of national control in the Chachapoyas region. In Chachapoyas, subaltern social groups had [Read more...]

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