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Facing FearThe History of an Emotion in Global Perspective$
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Michael Laffan and Max Weiss

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153599

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153599.001.0001

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“When Fear Rather than Reason Dominates”

“When Fear Rather than Reason Dominates”

Priests behind the Lines in the Tupac Amaru Rebellion (1780–83)

(p.54) Chapter 3 “When Fear Rather than Reason Dominates”
Facing Fear

Charles Walker

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how fear was experienced by rebels, priests, and colonial administrators in Peru during the Tupac Amaru Rebellion of 1780–1783. It first provides a historical background on the rebellion before discussing the cases of twelve of the eighteen clerics who were prosecuted by the bishop of Cuzco, Juan Manuel Moscoso y Peralta, to illustrate how priests experienced the uprising. It then considers what the rebellion contributed to our understanding of fear as a historical category and how the trials of the priests shed light on important questions about the Tupac Amaru Rebellion. It also explores how the Tupac Amaru uprising heightened social divisions in the Andes and notes that historians have deemed the postrebellion decades as the period of great fear. The chapter argues that Tupac Amaru as a symbol failed to foster the same broad, reactionary cohesion that the Haitian Revolution did a decade later.

Keywords:   fear, rebels, priests, colonial administrators, Peru, Tupac Amaru Rebellion, Juan Manuel Moscoso y Peralta, trials, Andes, Haitian Revolution

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