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- DescriptionWriting has long been linked to power. For early modern people on both sides of the Atlantic, writing was also the province of taries, men trained to cast other people's words in official forms and make them legally true. Thus the first thing Columbus did on American shores in October 1492 was have a tary record his claim of territorial possession. It was the written, tarial word-backed by all the power of Castilian enforcement-that first constituted Spanish American empire. Even so, the Spaniards who invaded America in 1492 were t fond of their taries, who had a dismal reputation for falsehood and greed. Yet Spaniards could t do without these men. Contemporary scholars also rely on the vast paper trail left by taries to make sense of the Latin American past. How then to approach the question of tarial truth? Kathryn Burns argues that the archive itself must be historicized. Using the case of colonial Cuzco, she examines the practices that shaped document-making. Notaries were businessmen, selling clients a product that conformed to local custom as well as Spanish templates. Clients, for their part, were kwledgeable consumers, with strategies of their own for getting what they wanted. In this inside story of the early modern archive, Burns offers a wealth of possibilities for seeing sources in fresh perspective.
- Author BiographyKathryn Burns is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru, also published by Duke University Press.
- Author(s)Kathryn Burns
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication27/09/2010
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note27 illustrations, 3 tables, 2 maps
- Weight358 g
- Width156 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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