82 years and a life dedicated to the pre-Hispanic Andean history of Waldemar Epinoza

Waldemar del Socorro Espinoza Soriano, ethnohistorian and university professor from Cajamarca specializing in pre-Hispanic and colonial Andean history, turns 82.

Source: andina

In the midst of the chaotic situation experienced in the country as a result of the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, we pause in our informative work on the events that have arisen to congratulate in a very special way one of the most brilliant minds in Peru, the ethnohistorian and Cajamarca university professor specializing in pre-Hispanic and colonial Andean history; Waldemar del Socorro Espinoza Soriano who is having a birthday today.

Today, July 6, Don Waldemar celebrates its 82 years of existence. Born into a provincial family, he was always in contact with the peasant world and its culture. His mother was a teacher in the rural area and cultivated in him a taste for history. From his school years, he showed great skill in topics related to history and culture, so much so that he published his first article while he was still in high school.

Waldemar Espinoza arrived in Lima in 1953 to apply to the Faculty of Arts of the Mayor University of San Marcos, in this institution he not only shared classrooms with the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa. Here they also had as professors nothing more and nothing less than the very same Raúl Porras Barrenechea and Luis Eduardo Valcárcel, two renowned Peruvian historians.

Currently, this national pride is the main professor at the Professional Academic School of History of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the National University of San Marcos, between 2007 and 2010 he was Director of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Social Sciences and between 2010 and 2012 he was Dean in this same house of studies. He is also an honorary professor at the Federico Villarreal National University in the Faculty of Humanities, Professional School of History.

His main work is «The destruction of the Inca Empire» and was published in 1973, in it he explains the theories and studies of why such a great and majestic Empire succumbed so quickly to the Spanish conquest, this book has deserved several editions. The starting point for the author’s thesis was the discovery in the General Archive of the Indies that contained the Information that the Curacas Huancas Don Felipe Guacrapáucar and Don Francisco Cusichaca gave to the Spanish.

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