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The Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, Abridged Paperback – Abridged, September 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0872208438 ISBN-10: 0872208435 Edition: Abridged

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co Inc; Abridged edition (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872208435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872208438
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Karen Spalding's abridgment of Livermore's translation is an excellent example of what a sourcebook for classroom use should be." -- Tamar Herzog, Stanford University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Karen Spalding is Professor of History, University of Connecticut, and the author of Huarochirí: an Andean Society under Inca and Spanish Rule (Stanford University Press, 1984).

Harold V. Livermore is Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese, University of British Columbia. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Golomb VINE VOICE on November 24, 2008
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This book provides some terrific insights from an original source for anyone looking to enhance understandings of the Inca and their Conquest. A terrific complement to McQuarries' Last Days of the Incas and Hemmings' Conquest of the Incas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Post on December 30, 2013
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Considered the most important text from colonial Peru, Garcilaso de la Vega was a mestizo Peruvian born of a Spanish conquistador and an Inca noblewoman. He was born into a relatively privileged position in Cusco soon after the submission of the Incas, and he identified very much with his Inca roots. While his book was censored by the Spanish Crown and the Roman Catholic Church, he aimed to improve the image of Peru's indigenous people. He deftly did so within the censorship constraints. His account of Inca life before the Spaniards is clearly biased not only because of his aim, but also because the Incas hadn't developed writing. Their history is told and retold orally through the generations, and Garcilaso experienced that tradition via extended family on his mother's side. So a little unreliable in that department, but the most interesting part of this book was the second half, which details the countless small wars between rivaling factions of Spaniards in the first years after the conquest. The Spaniard conquistadores fought various wars among themselves with the stakes being all the fruits of the conquered Incas' labor. It illustrates the caudillo mentality in Latin America, a major reason why Latin American nations have fallen behind North America and Western Europe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HarryC on August 18, 2012
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The fact that this book was ever allowed to be printed was amazing! There were several who tried to prevent it from being published. A must read before your trip to Peru. A complete understanding of the history of the Inca Empire. These were a very advanced thinking people. One wonders what would have happened if the Spaniards would have never arrived and destroyed the culture. Maybe there would be a United States of South America with one president and even more contributions to the world from these very intelligent and wonderful people.
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This was the only authoritative translation I could find after searching not only a variety of sources on the www but also bookshops in Lima and Cuzqo. The introduction places the book in context and assists in better understanding the translated text and its understatement of facets of history that contradicted the Spanish establishment view. This is an essential read for both students and those otherwise interested of South American and pre-columbian history.
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Such detail about the conquest with care taken to not upset the reviewers who could have kept the book from being published. A sad tale!
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