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Hierarchy, Commerce, and Fraud in Bourbon Spanish America
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Using El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes (the "Guide for Blind Rovers" by Alonso Carrio de Lavandera, the best known work of the era) as a jumping off point for a sprawling discussion of 18th-century Spanish America, Ruth Hill argues for a richer, more nuanced understanding of the relationship between Spain and its western colonies. Armed with primary sources including literature, maps, census data, letters, and diaries, Hill reveals a rich world of intrigue and artifice, where identity is surprisingly fluid and always in question. More importantly, Hill crafts a complex argument for reassessing our understanding of race and class distinctions at the time, with enormous implications for how we view conceptions of race and class today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-38
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  1. Part I
  2. p. 39
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  1. 1. Mexico City versus Lima: Pila, Puente, Pan, and Peines
  2. pp. 41-70
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  1. 2. Defacing a Bourbon Legend: Pedro, Pardo, Paulino, and Perulero
  2. pp. 71-104
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  1. Part II
  2. p. 105
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  1. 3. En Route and in the Loop: Trade, Metals, and Elites, circa 1700-1750
  2. pp. 107-140
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  1. 4. Of Gods and Men: Bourbon Blindness and the Post, circa 1750-1800 [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 141-194
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  1. Part III
  2. p. 195
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  1. 5. Before Race: Hierarchy in Bourbon Spanish America
  2. pp. 197-238
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  1. 6. The Inca Impostor Unmasked: Culture, Controversy, and Concolorcorvo
  2. pp. 239-273
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  1. 7. Trial of the Century: Humor, Rhetoric, and the Law
  2. pp. 274-304
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 305-310
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 311-354
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 355-378
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 379-396
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