A History of Warfare by John Keegan

By John Keegan

The acclaimed writer of The Face of conflict examines facilities of clash in quite a few assorted societies and cultures.

"Keegan is without delay the main readable and the main unique of dwelling army historians . . . A heritage of conflict could be the main impressive learn of struggle that has but been written." --The ny instances publication overview.

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Early into the twentieth century, the expansion of the North American—owned Cerro de Pasco Corporation in the region was achieved at the cost of small local mining entrepreneurs (see Manrique 1987:250—254) and dislocated as well the political, economic, and cultural practices upheld until then. Despite all odds, the regional culture of the Mantaro Valley remained, not unchanged, but unique and distinct from other cultural paradigms that floated around within the context of the modern nation-state.

Manrique affirms that the nature of mining labor in the central Andes was that of "a brutal capitalist accumulation" and as an example cites the report from 1908 of a public relations manager from the mining company in which it is stated that work in the mines was performed day and night and that most of them worked for thirty-six consecutive hours (1987:253). What I want to highlight here is, rather than the extent to which the mining corporation wanted to capitalize upon the peasants or the relations of exploitation in the mines, how the peasants i8 DEBATING THE PAST The town of Orcotuna, situated on the plains that surround the Mantaro River.

While the musical content and style vary in each of the districts of the valley, there are consistent characteristics that I will describe here. When possible I will provide representative musical examples of some of the songs that accompany these stages. The ritual begins with the preparation of the ritual table (feudal mesa), around which all the participants (nuclear family and guests) will gather and upon which the meal and drinks will be served and the gifts and all PERPETUATING THE RURAL PAST 39 the ritual utensils displayed (ribbons or branding iron for the branding, small effigies of Saint Luke, Saint Santiago, and several animals, mountain herbs and flowers, stones, soil, and minerals).

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