José R. Deustua

José R. Deustua, Peruvian-born sociologist and historian, is the author of La Minería y la Iniciación de la República, 1820–1840.

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The Bewitchment of Silver · The Social Economy of Mining in Nineteenth-Century Peru
By José R. Deustua

Mining was crucial for the development of nineteenth-century Peru. Silver mining in particular was a key to both the export sector and the creation of an internal market and national development. The Bewitchment of Silver is an inquiry into the impact of that mineral on a national economy in a country at the periphery of nineteenth-century capitalism.

“The discussion of transportation—by the teams of mules and llamas until the 1870s, and thereafter increasingly by the growing network of railways linking the interior of Peru with a series of Pacific ports—is impressive…(the study) is direct, well–informed, and —given its empirical approach—thankfully free from overconceptualization.”

John Fisher, University of Liverpool