Distant Provinces in the Inka Empire

Distant Provinces in the Inka Empire : Toward a Deeper Understanding of Inka Imperialism

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Who was in charge of the widespread provinces of the great Inka Empire of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries: Inka from the imperial heartland or local leaders who took on the trappings of their conquerors, either by coercion or acceptance? By focusing on provinces far from the capital of Cuzco, the essays in this multidisciplinary volume provide up-to-date information on the strategies of domination asserted by the Inka across the provinces far from their capital and the equally broad range of responses adopted by their conquered peoples. Contributors to this cutting-edge volume incorporate the interaction of archaeological and ethnohistorical research with archaeobotany, biometrics, architecture, and mining engineering, among other fields. The geographical scope of the chapters - which cover the Inka provinces in Bolivia, in southeast Argentina, in southern Chile, along the central and north coast of Peru, and in Ecuador - builds upon the many different ways in which conqueror and conquered interacted. Competing factors such as the kinds of resources available in the provinces, the degree of cooperation or resistance manifested by local leaders, the existing levels of political organization, and how recently a region had been conquered provide a wealth of information on regions previously understudied. Using contextual analyses of Inka and elite residences and settlements in the distant provinces, the essayists evaluate the impact of the empire on the leadership strategies of conquered populations, whether they were Inka by privilege, local leaders acculturated to Inka norms, or foreign mid-level administrators from trusted ethnicities. By exploring the critical interface between local elites and their Inka overlords, "Distant Provinces in the Inka Empire" builds upon Malpass' 1993 "Provincial Inca: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Assessment of the Impact of the Inca State" to support the conclusions that Inka strategies of control were tailored to the particular situations faced in different regions. By contributing to our understanding of what it means to be marginal in the Inka Empire, this book details how the Inka attended to their political and economic goals in their interactions with their conquered peoples and how their subjects responded, producing a richly textured view of the reality that was the Inka Empire.show more

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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 29 photos, 38 maps, 12 drawings, 10 diagrams, 13 tables
  • 1587298694
  • 9781587298691

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Malpass and Alconini have assembled a worthy successor to "Provincial Inca." They have spread their net widely to look at aspects of empire outside the highland core, with contributions dealing with the far south and southeast, with the central coast, and, to a lesser extent, with the north (Farfan, Palmitopamba, Ecuador). Using both archaeological methodologies and ethnohistory, they show how the Inka presence outside the Cuzco region varied by the nature of the Inka interest in the area for labor, raw materials, or defense and the varying responses of people to an Inka presence. This book will prove a boon to those who are teaching South American history and archaeology courses and will be of considerable general interest to history buffs as well. Karen Olsen Bruhns, San Francisco State University "show more

About Michael A. Malpass

Michael Malpass is professor of anthropology and Charles A. Dana Professor in the Social Sciences at Ithaca College. His chief publications include Provincial Inca: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Assessment of the Impact of the Inca State (IOWA 1993) and Daily Life in the Inka Empire, Revised Edition. Sonia Alconini is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Among her latest publications are essays in Latin American Antiquity, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, and Untaming the Frontier in Anthropology, Archaeology and History.show more

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