TRAVEL : QUIXO PERU : learning about peru
Recommended Books on Peru History & Ethnohistory
Your Guide: Catherine Criolla
- John Hemming The Conquest of the Incas Harcourt, Brace, etc. This popular and readable account of the Spanish conquest of Peru will introduce you to the Spanish Contact Period and to many of the important historical and modern places in the Andes. Highly recommended.
- Fr. Bernabe Cobo History of the Inca Empire: An Account of the Indians' Customs and Their Origin Written by a Jesuit priest in the early 17th century, these two books are a wonderful source on the Inca Empire.
- Other colonial accounts, by authors known collectively to scholars as 'the chroniclers' include Garcilaso de la Vega’s The Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, Abridged, and Pedro Cieza de Leon's account The Discovery and Conquest of Peru and Betanzo’s Narrative of the Incas. The most extraordinary, however is Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala’s work The First New Chronicle and Good Government which includes hundreds of drawings of early Colonial Peru as well as depictions of pre-Columbian peoples and traditions.
The article "Inca Culture at the Time of the Spanish Conquest," by John H. Rowe, one of the most distinguished Andean scholars from the United States, appears in the Handbook Of South American Indians (7 Volumes).