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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. ***** writes about the families of Arequipa, that the Spaniards founded in 1540 in Southwestern Peru. 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 ***** being benefactors of the Church.

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

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

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

*****, the region of Peru that is written about in the book ***** different ***** the areas in the southern, northern and central regions 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 fee***** that if it had ***** written around the eighteenth century it would have attracted greater attention since the inauguration of the general was responsible for many of the changes.

***** book starts off by throwing light on ***** main aspects of the socioeconomic structure of the city and the region of *****. The book dedicates a chapter each to different socioeconomic ***** of the city like, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, commerce, ***** how the ***** aspects have been affected ***** these factors, ***** benefiting the church. Some*****, all ***** chapters are re*****d to the themes in the *****, ***** ***** notably fiscal, economic and *****. The last chapter is an insight as ***** how ***** fiscal, political, 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 ***** by the increased dissatisfaction due to ***** Areche's fiscal innovations.

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

Although, the city was

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