Pease, Franklin (1939–1999)

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Pease, Franklin (1939–1999)

A renowned historian and prolific Andean scholar, Franklin Pease García-Yrigoyen (November 28, 1939–November 13, 1999) was born in Lima and educated at the Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú (Catholic University), receiving a BA in 1964, an LLD in 1965, and a PhD in history in 1967. Pease's main interest was in Andean religion and political form, a departure from the mainly Creole history of the coast. He also became a leading exponent of the new interdisciplinary ethno-historical approach introduced in the 1970s, which combined archaeology, anthropology, and history. Beginning a long teaching career in 1962 at the Catholic University, he rose to become dean of the humanities department on several occasions.

His first book, Atahualpa, appeared in 1964 and was followed soon after by two classics: Los ultimos incas del Cuzco (1972) and El dios creador andino (1973). He went on to publish and edit numerous books as well as over 125 articles and book chapters. In 1977 he founded the journal Histórica, which became the premier historical journal in Peru. Pease received numerous fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1982), and served as a visiting professor at institutions including the University of California, Berkeley (1979), the University of Cambridge (1987), and Johns Hopkins University (1989). He also served as director of the National Museum of the Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru from 1969 to 1974 and the Biblioteca Nacional del Perú from 1983 to 1986.

See alsoAnthropology; Archaeology; Atahualpa.


Works by Franklin Pease G. Y.

Del Tawantinsuyu a la historia del Perú. Lima: Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú, 1978.

Curacas, reciprocidad y riqueza. Lima: Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú, 1992.

Las crónicas y los Andes. Lima: Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú, 1995.

                                                Peter KlarÉn