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

***** in Colonial Peru

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

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

***** has ***** able to attract a lot of *****ttention from authors especially because of the landhold*****g ***** during the ***** period. One ***** the literary contributions has been 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 ***** Ariquipa and how *****y invested in agricultural lands so they could become a symbol of status in the society. Historically, the work contributed by ***** and other writers' form the *****, social and fiscal *****mes of these noteworthy *****s.

Geographically, the region ***** Peru that is written ***** in the book is different from ***** areas in the southern, northern and central *****s as far as topography is concerned.

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

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

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

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