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This paper reviews the book Landowners in Colonial Peru by the 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 ***** belonging to the 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 ***** being benefac*****rs of the Church.

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

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

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

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

The plot of this book focuses on the period starting from the early 1700's till the late 1700's. However, after reading this book *****e feels that if it had been written around the eighteenth century it would have attracted greater attention since ***** inauguration ***** the 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 ***** region of *****. The book dedicates a ch*****pter each to different socioeconomic ***** of the city like, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, commerce, and how the social aspects have been affected by these factors, especially benefiting the church. Some*****, all the chapters are re*****d to ***** themes in the book, ***** ***** notably fiscal, economic and *****. The last chapter is an insight as ***** how the fiscal, political, and social reforms caused the rebellion that took place in the 1780's, which accord*****g to commentators were in the form of riots and protests. They were largely ***** by the *****creased dissatisfaction due to ***** Areche's fiscal innovations.

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

Although, the city was

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