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

***** in ***** Peru

In this book, Keith A. Davies 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 land and used its proceeds to attract prominent spouses, that way they could acquire prestigious political and military posts and also enhance their standing in the society by being benefactors of the Church.

Study 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 ***** colonial rule in the European history, others ***** turn*****g their attention to the period of the colonial rule in Peru.

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

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

*****, the region of Peru that is written about in the book is different ***** ***** areas in the southern, northern and central *****s as far ***** topography ***** 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 ***** since ***** inauguration of the general was responsible for many ***** the changes.

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

The book fails to make a powerful ending by focusing on the aftermath of the 1780's *****. It should ***** thrown ***** on the relationship between the re*****s and the attitude of arequipenes that led to ***** struggle for independence n***** three decades later.

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