Bourbon Peru, 1750-1824

TitleBourbon Peru, 1750-1824
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsFisher, John
Number of Pages224
PublisherLiverpool University Press

By considering Bourbon Peru in a chronological framework which begins at mid-century rather than 1700, this book focuses the reader's attention on the key issue of the relationship between colonial reform in the late eighteenth century and the creation of an independent Peruvian state in the 1820s. The author sets out some responses to this question, emphasising continuities between the two forms of regime rather than change. The author's arguments are underpinned by a comprehensive review of the major elements of Peru's economic, social and political development for the half century from 1750. The study concludes with a detailed analysis of the independence period (1810-1824) which provides a detailed interpretation of unrest in the highlands of royalist Peru, the dying days of the viceroyalty under Jose de la Serna (1821-1824) in Cusco, and the attempts to reach a negotiated settlement with the patriots under Jose de San Martin. 

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