Di Hu's The Fabric of Resistance: Textile Workshops and the Rise of Rebellious Landscapes in Colonial Peru analyzes how obrajes (textile workshops) and haciendas (large landed estates) located in Pomacocha, in the Peruvian province of Vilcashuamán in the modern region of Ayacucho, facilitated Indigenous peoples' social landscapes. The author explores this through an innovative methodological approach that draws from “archaeology, history, architecture, demography, GIS/spatial analysis, and social network analysis” (p. 8). The author applies this methodology to examine records that include census data, diagrams of architecture, maps, legal cases, royal reports, and ledgers, to name a few of her primary sources. Hu argues that Ayacucho's Amerindian groups maintained their social landscape after being forced to relocate to new provinces under the Inca and then expanded these relationships under Spanish colonial rule, which led to an increase in rebellions in the central Andes toward the end of the eighteenth century and...
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Book Review| February 01 2023
The Fabric of Resistance: Textile Workshops and the Rise of Rebellious Landscapes in Colonial Peru
The Fabric of Resistance: Textile Workshops and the Rise of Rebellious Landscapes in Colonial Peru. By Di Hu. Historical Archaeology in South America.
University of Alabama Press,
2022. Photographs. Maps. Figures. Tables. Notes. Bibliography. Index. xv,
230pp. Cloth, $59.95.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2023) 103 (1): 151–153.
William Cohoon; The Fabric of Resistance: Textile Workshops and the Rise of Rebellious Landscapes in Colonial Peru. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2023; 103 (1): 151–153. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-10216547
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