Inca Apocalypse: The Spanish Conquest and the Transformation of the Andean World

ISBN : 9780190299125

R. Alan Covey
464 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Mar 2020
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Inca Apocalypse develops a new perspective on the European invasions of the Inca realm, and the way that the Spanish transformation of the Andes relates to broader changes occurring in the transition from medieval to early modern Europe. The book is structured to foreground some of the parallels in the imperial origins of the Incas and Spain, as well as some of the global processes affecting both societies during the first century of their interaction. The Spanish conquest of the Inca empire was more than a decisive victory at Cajamarca in 1532-it was an uneven process that failed to bring to pass the millenarian vision that set it in motion, yet it succeeded profoundly in some respects. The Incas and their Andean subjects were not passive victims of colonization, and indigenous complicity and resistance actively shaped Spanish colonial rule. As it describes the transformation of the Inca world, Inca Apocalypse attempts to build a more global context than previous accounts of the Spanish Conquest, and it seeks not to lose sight of the parallel changes occurring in Europe as Spain pursued state projects that complemented the colonial endeavors in the Americas.

New archaeological and archival research makes it possible to frame a familiar story from a larger historical and geographical scale than has typically been considered. The new text will have solid scholarly foundations but a narrative intended to be accessible to non-academic readers.



Chapter 1: Assembling Inca History

Chapter 2: Making Iberian History before the Invention of Spain

Chapter 3: Royal Progress

Chapter 4: Uncertain Empires

Chapter 5: Two Roads to Cajamarca

Chapter 6: Beyond Cajamarca

Chapter 7: Sovereign Failures and New Miracles

Chapter 8: Conquering the Conquistadors and Poor Soldiers

Chapter 9. Conquering Andean Hearts and Minds

Chapter 10. Advent of the Spanish Pachacuti

Chapter 11. Overturning Andean Landscapes

Chapter 12. Transcendent Inca


About the author: 

R. Alan Covey is a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History.

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