Into the Archive ? Writing and Power in Colonial Peru: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru

Into the Archive ? Writing and Power in Colonial Peru

Writing and Power in Colonial Peru
Kiadó: MD ? Duke University Press
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Terjedelem:264 oldal
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Illusztrációk: 27 illustrations, 3 tables, 2 maps
Rövid leírás:

Kathryn Burns shows how the biases and practices of Spanish notaries and their clients in colonial Cuzco shaped official records and, therefore, the archive on which contemporary historians rely.

Hosszú leírás:
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, notarial word—backed by all the power of Castilian enforcement—that first constituted Spanish American empire. Even so, the Spaniards who invaded America in 1492 were not fond of their notaries, who had a dismal reputation for falsehood and greed. Yet Spaniards could not do without these men. Contemporary scholars also rely on the vast paper trail left by notaries to make sense of the Latin American past. How then to approach the question of notarial truth?

Kathryn Burns argues that the archive itself must be historicized. Using the case of colonial Cuzco, she examines the practices that shaped document-making. Notaries were businessmen, selling clients a product that conformed to local “custom” as well as Spanish templates. Clients, for their part, were knowledgeable consumers, with strategies of their own for getting what they wanted. In this inside story of the early modern archive, Burns offers a wealth of possibilities for seeing sources in fresh perspective.

“Those who read this small but wise volume will doubtless enhance both their understanding of colonial record making, and also their need to treat the documentary record with caution, always contextualizing the making of the records themselves. The author is to be congratulated for this major contribution to the analysis of colonial notarial sources, a book that will benefit all who work in archives.” - David J. Robinson, Journal of Latin American Geography