Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


International Studies

First Advisor's Name

Mark D. Szuchman

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Eduardo Gamarra

Third Advisor's Name

A. Douglas Kincaid


Agricultural laborers, Peru, La Convención, Political activity, Land reform

Date of Defense



The purpose of this thesis is to study the conditions that promoted mobilization against established authority. The analysis of rural mobilization distinguishes from among longitudinal and immediate conditions, the mobilization process itself and the role of the state. The concept of articulation of modes of production examines the processes of rural transformation by following the changing nature of land ownership and patron-client relations. The evolving patterns of class opposition and alliance reflected directly the state of articulation of capitalist and pre-capitalist modes of production and the process of class formation in the southern Peruvian highlands over the course of the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.





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