The Andes

Author(s): Jason Wilson


The Andes form the backbone of South America. The mountain range was home to an extraordinary theocratic empire and civilisation, the Incas, who built stone temples, roads, palaces and forts.


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DRAMATIC SCENERY AND EVENTS: the mythic peaks of Chimborazo and Aconcagua; the ruins of Machu Picchu and the fabled mines of Potosi; plane crashes, earthquakes and high-altitude cities; guerrilla war from Tupac Amaru to Che Guevara and Sendero Luminoso.INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND RESISTANCE: the Inca empire; conquest and oppression; Quechua, Aymara and Mapundungu languages; coca, quinoa and potatoes; the political renaissance and migration to the cities.WRITERS, EXPLORERS AND MUSICIANS: the Spanish chroniclers; Humboldt and Darwin; Pablo Neruda, Vargas Llosa and Francisco Vallejo; indigenous music and urban popular culture.

General Fields

  • : 9781904955542
  • : Signal Books Ltd
  • : Signal Books Ltd
  • : June 2009
  • : 215mm X 140mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jason Wilson
  • : Paperback
  • : 980
  • : 256
  • : 30 illustrations