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The People and the King
The Comunero Revolution in Colombia, 1781
John Leddy Phelan
“A major contribution to our understanding of late colonial Spanish America.”
—John Fisher, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies
In The People and the King, John Leddy Phelan reexamines a wellknown but long misunderstood event in eighteenth-century Colombia. When the Spanish colonial bureaucratic system of conciliation broke down, indigenous groups resorted to armed revolt to achieve their political ends.
As Phelan demonstrates in these pages, the crisis of 1781 represented a constitutional clash between imperial centralization and colonial decentralization. Phelan argues that the Comunero revolution was not, as it has often been portrayed, a precursor of political independence, nor was it a frustrated social upheaval. The Comunero leaders and their followers did not advocate any basic reordering of society, Phelan concludes, but rather made an appeal for revolutionary reform within a traditionalist framework.
John Leddy Phelan (1924–76) was professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of The Hispanization of the Philippines, Portuguese Society in the Tropics, and The Kingdom of Quito in the Seventeenth
Century, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
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First paperback edition
published July 2011
LC: 76-053654 F
332 pp. 6 x 9
6 illus., 2 maps
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• Replaces 1978 hardcover, UWP, ISBN 978-0-299-07290-8
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