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A History of Indigenous Latin America

Aymara to Zapatistas, 1st Edition

By Rene Harder Horst


432 pages

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pub: 2020-04-14
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A History of Indigenous Latin America is a comprehensive introduction to the people who first settled in Latin America, from before the arrival of the Europeans to the present.

Indigenous history provides a singular perspective to political, social and economic changes that followed European settlement and the African slave trade in Latin America. Set broadly within a postcolonial theoretical framework and enhanced by anthropology, economics, sociology and religion, this textbook includes military conflicts and nonviolent resistance, transculturation, labor, political organization, gender, and broad selective accommodation. Uniquely organized into periods of fifty years to facilitate classroom use, it allows students to ground important indigenous historical events and cultural changes within the timeframe of a typical university semester.

Supported by images, textboxes and linked documents in each chapter that aid learning and provide a new perspective that broadly enhances Latin American history and studies, it is the perfect introductory textbook for students.


'The native "voice" has long been under-emphasized in historical accounts of the New World, almost to the point of non-existence. René Horst, in this fine and highly-detailed work, thus offers a needed corrective. He demonstrates that the quality of the indigenous experience provides its own quite distinct legitimacy and proves, I think, that the Apristas of Peru are right in eschewing the traditional term "Latin America" in favor of the far more comprehensive "Indoamerica." We might very well learn from them as we go forward.'

Professor Emeritus Thomas L Whigham, Department of History, University of Georgia, USA

'We have long needed an Indigenous history of Latin America. René Harder Horst is one of those rare and outstanding scholars who possesses the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to tackle such an important but difficult subject. A History of Indigenous Latin America fills an important gap in the field. This engaging text will introduce students to new ways of understanding and interpreting the Americas that for far too long has been approached from a colonialist point of view. An Indigenous perspective provides a counter narrative that embraces those who are traditionally marginalized and are often left out of history. As such, this book contributes a much more complete understanding of the Americas than that to which we have previously had access.'

Professor Marc Becker, Department of History, Truman State University, USA

Table of Contents

List of images

List of maps

List of textboxes


Introduction: Indigenous People from the Southern Cone meet an Important Person

1 Indigenous Latin America: Introductions, Methodology and Definitions

2 Indigenous Latin America: Abya Yala

3 Indigenous Encounters with Europeans: 15th Century

4 Natives Challenge the Conquerors Yet Help to Create a New World, 1500-1549

5 Colonial Alliances and Demographic Collapse, 1550-1599

6 The High Colonial Period: Indigenous People Join Imperial Systems, 1600-1649

7 Transculturation, Urbanization and Isolated Revolts, 1650-1699

8 Demographic Recovery and Growing Insurrections, 1700-1749

9 Religious Conflicts, Widespread Resistance, and New Countries, 1750-1826

10 Indigenous Responses to New Rulers and Frontier Expansion, 1811-1869

11 Struggles for Land, Labor and Political Leverage in Neocolonial Latin America, 1870-1930

12 Diverse Indigenous Paths toward Self-Determination, 1930-1971

13 Indigenous Organization and Opposition to Military Rule, 1971-1990

14 Indigenous People Enter the New Millennium, 1990-2012


Bibliography of Sources Cited

Appendix: Organization Abbreviations

Appendix: Indigenous People


About the Author

Dr. René Harder Horst is I.G. Greer Distinguished Professor 2018-2021 in History at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, Unites States. He is the author of The Stroessner Regime and Indigenous Resistance in Paraguay, Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America, El Régimen de Stroessner y la Resistencia Indígena, and numerous articles on Indigenous history in Latin America.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Latin America / General
HISTORY / Native American
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies