By demonstrating how everyone from political authorities to disenfranchised indigenous women used morality as a weapon, Nicholas Robins reveals the diverse workings of power in Of Love and Loathing: Marital Life, Strife, and Intimacy in the Colonial Andes, 1750–1825. Building this fine-grained history on the impressive historiography of colonial Latin American gender relations, Robins captures exceptional expressions of love and sadistic acts of hate in colonial Charcas, a region that comprises current-day Bolivia and parts of Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, and, to a lesser extent, Peru. Without a map it is difficult to tell how extensive Charcas was, but it certainly generated a rich trove of documents. Against the backdrop of patriarchal religious, legal, and political structures, women sought to advance their agendas and carve out spaces of security and success. If the archival record in Robins's hands is any indication, few...

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