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Into the Archive: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru

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Writing has long been linked to power. For early modern people on both sides of the Atlantic, writing was also the province of notaries, men trained to cast other people’s words in official forms and make them legally true. Thus the first thing Columbus did on American shores in October 1492 was have a notary record his claim of territorial possession. It was the written, ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 27th 2010 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lexy deGraffenreid
A great book for all historians, archivists, and anthropologists. Although this seems aimed at Latin Americanists, this book is really about the politics of Memory and how memory is socially crafted. This is a terrific insight into how archives are formed and how students of history should critically approach archives.
Oliver Bateman
The examples might be tedious for non-Latin Americanists, but Burns' approach to undertaking an "ethnography of the archive" is invaluable reading for all historians. An added bonus: the monograph weighs in at a sleek 150 pages. Winning!
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Kathryn Burns,Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, works on colonial Latin America, especially the history of mestizaje, property, and literacy in the colonial Andes. Her first book examined nuns, production, and reproduction in Cuzco. Her second traces the practices of the Spanish American escribanos who shaped notarial truth and generated vast colonial archives. ...more
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