The largest rebellion in colonial Spanish American history, the Tupac Amaru Rebellion (1780-1783) nearly dislodged the Spanish from South America. It ended with approximately 100,000 dead and covered a larger geographical area than the American Revolution . In this presentation, Walker examines the extreme violence employed by both rebels and royalists and looks at the rebellion's long and complex legacy.
Lunch will be provided.
Charles Walker is professor of history and director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at UC Davis. His recently published The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (Harvard University Press) was named one of the best 2014 books in history by the Financial Times. His other publications includes Shaky Colonialism: The 1746 Earthquake-Tsunami in Lima, Peru and its Long Aftermath (Duke University Press, 2008) and Smoldering Ashes: Cuzco and the Transition from Colony to Republic, 1780-1840 (Duke University Press, 1999). He received his MA from the Center for Latin American Studies at Bolívar House in 1983.