The End of the Peruvian History of Peru

Mark Thurner

in History's Peru

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035383
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038940 | DOI:
The End of the Peruvian History of Peru

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This chapter is a meditation on the philosophical wagers and aporia of the historicist opus of Jorge Basadre Grohmann (1903–1980), perhaps Peru's most brilliant historical thinker. Although many gifted historians graced the stage of twentieth-century Peruvian letters, Jorge Basadre was clearly the dominant figure. Today Basadre is universally celebrated as the country's most sagacious and representative historian and he is commonly referred to as “our historian of the Republic.” This chapter primarily discusses the theoretical implications of Basadre's thought, understood as a postcolonial form of “finalist” historicism. Basadre's historicist call for a proper and reflexive history of, in, and for “Peru” actually announces the aporetic end of the “Peruvian history of Peru,” not its beginning. This is so because Basadre's opus reveals that “Peru” is nothing more than a perpetual or quotidian wager on past wagers on the proper name.

Keywords: Peruvian history; philosophical wagers; aporia; Jorge Basadre Grohmann; historical thinker; twentieth-century Peruvian letters; finalist

Chapter.  19419 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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