Kris Lane's interpretative history of the famed Bolivian silver city of Potosí offers a nuanced and masterfully told story of the boom, bust, and stubborn survival of a city whose existence seems to both define and defy Spanish imperial aspirations. The introduction, which offers a brief historiography of the city, summarizes the difficulty in presenting such a narrative—extant histories that address Potosí do so almost exclusively as mining histories, thus the stories told center on the economic, environmental, or health-related impacts of the industry, losing, perhaps, the story of the rise of a New World city in the process. Lane offers a comprehensive history that integrates the complex webs of commerce...
Book Review| October 01 2019
Book Review: Potosí: The Silver City That Changed the World, by Kris Lane
Potosí: The Silver City That Changed the World, by Kris Lane.
University of California Press,
2019. 272 pages. Hardcover $32.95, eBook $29.95. Reviewed by JoAnna Reyes Walton.
Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (2019) 1 (4): 125–126.
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JoAnna Reyes Walton; Book Review: Potosí: The Silver City That Changed the World, by Kris Lane. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1 October 2019; 1 (4): 125–126. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.140014
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