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This paper reviews the book Landowners in Colonial Peru by the author Keith Davies.

Landowners in ***** Peru

In this book, Keith A. ***** writes about the families of Arequipa, that the Spaniards founded ***** 1540 in Southwestern *****. These ***** belonging to ***** middle and upper class status acquired l***** and used its proceeds to attract prominent spouses, that way they could acquire prestigious political and military posts and also enhance their st*****ing in the society ***** being benefactors of the Church.

***** of the colonial period has been a favorite amongst ***** educationist and the students in the United States. It is quite intriguing to discover ***** at a time when most people are just studying the colonial rule in the European history, others ***** turning their ********** to the ***** of the ***** rule in Peru.

***** has been able to attract a lot of *****ttention from authors especially because ***** the l*****hold*****g ***** during the colonial period. One of the literary contributions has ***** made by ***** renowned author Keith Davies in his book called the Landowners ***** Colonial Peru, in which he analyses the economic and fiscal his*****ry of *****.

*****, the author draws attention to the people of Ariquipa and how ***** invested in agricultural lands so *****y could become a symbol ***** status in the society. Historically, the work contributed ***** ***** and other writers' form the economic, social ***** fiscal *****mes of these noteworthy *****s.

Geographically, the region ***** Peru that is written about in the book ***** different ***** the areas in the sou*****rn, northern and central regions as far as topography is concerned.

The plot of ***** book focuses on the period starting from the early 1700's till the late 1700's. However, after reading th***** book one feels that if it had been written around the eighteenth century it would have attracted greater attention since the inauguration ***** ***** general was responsible for many of the changes.

***** book starts off by throwing light on the main aspects of ***** socioeconomic structure of the city and the region of Arequipa. The book dedicates a ch*****pter each to d*****ferent socioeconomic ***** of the city like, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, commerce, ***** how the social aspects have been affected by these factors, especially benefiting the church. Some*****, all the chapters are related to the themes in the book, ***** ***** notably *****, economic and political. The last chapter is an insight as ***** how ***** f*****cal, *****, and social reforms caused the rebellion that took place in the 1780's, which according to commentators were in the form of riots and protests. They were largely caused by the *****creased dissatisfaction due to ***** Areche's fiscal innovations.

The book fails ***** make a powerful ending by focusing on the aftermath of the ***** protests. It should ***** thrown ***** on the relationship between the reforms and the attitude of arequipenes that led to the struggle for independence n***** three decades later.

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