Dr. Miguel Leon, associate professor of History, will present his book, Among Mountains and Gorges: A Regional History of Conchucos, XVI-XX, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 5 p.m. in 130 Morris Conference Center.
Dr. Miguel Leon’s book is a work of ambitious historical research that traces the major events, actors and processes of five centuries of history in the Conchucos region of Peru. The impact of the Spanish conquest and reorganization under the encomienda system, the process of Christianization, the establishment of colonial institutions and the impact of the Bourbon Reforms are some of the topics discussed for the period under Spanish rule. As for the republican period, the book examines the struggles of local elites for political and economic power, the impact of state policies and the development of mining activities, one of the central economic activities in this region.
For more recent history, the book discusses the impact of the Agrarian Reform in Conchucos especially the redistribution of land, the reorganization of the peasant communities, and finally the age of political violence that dominated Peruvian politics over the last two decades of the twentieth century.
Sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, History Department, and Foreign Languages & Literatures Department. For more information, please contact Dr. Matthew Hendley, Matthew.Hendley@oneonta.edu.