Authors of first books should be allowed to celebrate the rites of pas-
sage-not by passing through the process of tenure review, but in
song, dance, and festivity. If this were a venerable academic ritual,
my fiesta would take place on the alpine slopes of El Tunari, over-
looking the fertile Valle Baja, where I would toast the scores of
friends, colleagues, and archivists who contributed to this project
during its various phases.
In lieu of that happier alternative, I am forced to express but a few
sober words of gratitude
all the people and institutions that helped
me to carry out and complete this study. Perhaps my first intellec-
tual debt is owed to my undergraduate professors in Latin American
history, Ralph della Cava and Magnus Marner, who opened up the
field of Latin American history to me, encouraged me to pursue it,
and gave me the courage to follow my star in spite of the bleak pros-
pects of academic employment. I also want to warmly acknowledge
the intellectual support and continuing encouragement of Herbert
Klein and Karen Spalding, with whom I worked in graduate school.
In spite of the fact that I did not take his advice to "publish the dis-
sertation quickly," Herbert Klein never entirely lost faith in me-
especially after I overcame my instinctual distaste for statistics,
mastered SPSS, and processed a thousand punch cards on
Karen Spalding, on the other hand, wasn't so interested in alcabalas,
but she did stretch my horizons in Andean ethnohistory and anthro-
pology, and she has been an unending source of inspiration and sup-
port over the years. In addition to my intellectual patrons, I wish to
express my gratitude to my graduate-school
larly Antonio Mitre, Adrian deWind, Carmen Ramos, Steven Volk,
Elinor Burkett, and Elizabeth Dore-for their contributions to the
early phases of this study and with a certain degree of nostalgia for
more exciting political times. Numerous colleagues and friends have
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