This massive tomo succeeds to a large degree in surveying the colonial and modern histories of the native peoples of the Andes until the end of the twentieth century. Scholars from Latin America, the United States, and Europe write on broad unifying topics, such as nation building and ethnogenesis. Their contributions are not restricted to a particular nation or a group of nations, per se, but focus on cultural and ethnic groups, even when they straddle two sides of a modern international border. This means that there is some overlap in the topics and temporal and geographic scope of the 13 chapters of this volume, but such an approach gives a much closer picture of the ethnic reality than any other method. In a comparison of the chapters, the reader will perceive the apparent “laissez faire” attitude of the editors. There is no...

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