It was voted no. 1 of 2014 publications by leading scholars of Peruvian history
Prof. Cecilia Méndez’s book La República Plebeya: Huanta y la formación del Estado Peruano, 1820-1850 (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2014)[The Plebeian Republic: The Huanta Rebellion and the Making of the Peruvian State, 1820–1850], was voted “the best book of history of 2014” in a survey of 35 international and Peruvian historians specializing in Peru. Méndez’s book ranked Number 1 on a list of over a hundred books of history including books published by Peruvian, Spanish, Mexican, U.K. and United States academic presses.
Estos son “Los Diez Mejores Libros de Historia del 2014”
In this updated and substantially revised Spanish version of her award-winning book The Plebeian Republic (Duke, 2005), Prof Mendez questions long-established assumptions about political history, rural society, “warlordism,” the State, and about what it means to be a liberal, a monarchist, a Peruvian and a citizen, by stressing the political role of peasants in national history. You can see her discuss the book in Spanish in this 34 minute youtube clip.