Fuerst's book on Inca Garcilaso's Royal Commentaries is an important contribution to postcolonial studies. Garcilaso's masterpiece on Inca history and Spanish conquest is given a new twist by examining it from the perspective of political theory. For the first time a monograph is dedicated to study Garcilaso as a political thinker exposing ideas from the European Renaissance as well as Andean thinking.
The first full-length study to treat both parts of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega’s foundational text Royal Commentaries of the Incas as a seminal work of political thought in the formation of the early Americas and the early-modern period. It is also among a handful of studies to explore the Commentaries as a “mestizo rhetoric,” written to subtly address both native Andean readers and Hispano-Europeans.