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Spanish Peru, 1532–1560
A Social History
Second Edition
James Lockhart

"A provocative and brilliant contribution." —Woodrow Borah, Manuscripta

When Spanish Peru, 1532–1560 was published in 1968, it was acclaimed as an innovative study of the early Spanish presence in Peru. It has since become a classic of the literature in Spanish American social history, important in helping to introduce career-pattern history to the field and notable for its broad yet intimate picture of the functioning of an entire society. In this second edition, James Lockhart provides a new conclusion and preface, updated terminology, and additional footnotes.

Praise for the first edition of Spanish Peru:

"Distinguished... a major contribution.... Lockhart has ingeniously pulled together a large mass of data to help develop a totally new picture of Peruvian society in its formative stages. He has also given new insights into the nature of Spanish colonization in the New World and provided a model study for future research in other areas of the Spanish empire in America."—John J. TePaske, Hispanic American Historical Review

"[A] brilliant achievement.... Into these excellent general surveys Lockhart has introduced a rich detail of specific case histories to point out the particular and the general trends as expressed through the lives of individuals. The result... is a major breakthrough in American colonial society studies."—Herbert Klein, Journal of Social History

"Fully documented and excellently synthesized, it is social history with major economic implications. Standing alongside and complementing what has been written on the military, administrative, church, and intellectual aspects of the early history of the colony, it fills an imperative need. The first comprehensive study of Peruvian civil society in the first decades of colonization, it is replete with new information, ideas, and interpretations."—Robert S. Chamberlain, New Mexico Historical Review

"An outstanding analysis... a significant contribution, admirably documented and fascinatingly written, that will do much to make readers aware of the social context in which the conquerors of Peru, their ideas, and their institutions had to function."—Raymond E. Crist, Americas

James Lockhart is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is known for his work in early Latin American social history and Indian-language ethnohistory. He is the author of The Men of Cajamarca, The Nahuas After Conquest, and Nahuas and Spaniards, in addition to co-authoring and co-editing a number of other books.

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The cover of Lockhart's book is brown with an orange line drawing of a coat of arms

February 1994

LC: 93-023338 F
352 pp. 6 x 9
5 halftones, 3 line illus., 1 map

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