Gary Van Valen’s book traces the history of one of the most populous indigenous groups of the Bolivian lowlands, the Mojos (or Moxos), throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Like elsewhere in Latin America, the nineteenth century brought rapid and often traumatic changes to Bolivia’s indigenous populations. Liberalism swept across the continent and curtailed the colonial collective property rights and political organization of indigenous communities; the new political form was invariably accompanied by a massive growth of export economies, which led to an increase of coercive labor practices. In highland Bolivia, the growth of the mining economy led to massive confiscations of indigenous collective lands and to almost a century of violent conflict between the state and indigenous communities. Yet little work has been done on the effect of the liberal reforms on the mission Indians of the eastern half of the country. As David Block advanced in his...
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Book Review| February 01 2014
Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia, 1842-1932
Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia, 1842-1932. By Van Valen, Gary.
University of Arizona Press,
2013. , $55.00.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2014) 94 (1): 142–143.
Frederic Vallvé; Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia, 1842-1932. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2014; 94 (1): 142–143. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2390258
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