History’s Peru is not an intellectual history of the idea of Peru but rather a series of critical essays on important works and debates in Peruvian history writing from Inca Garcilaso de la Vega to Jorge Basadre. These are organized chronologically in an arc that reproduces the canonical understanding of Peruvian historiography in which Inca Garcilaso creates a philosophical-historical “Peru” that is later reconceptualized by modern republicans. Attentive to intertextuality among the works he studies, Thurner does not examine causal relations so much as offer a series of readings, inspired by the strategies and debates prevalent in European historiography at the time of the works’ creation. The principal thematic link is a strong emphasis on how Peruvian historians negotiated, challenged, and disrupted the conceptual position allocated to Peru in European (and North American) historiography and historical philosophy. Beyond the work’s intervention in Peruvian...

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