have accumulated so many intellectual debts in the last decade that I
should be facing IMF sanctions. I only hope that I have reciprocated
some degree with all of the people mentioned below, as well as
with those who are not acknowledged. lowe a great deal to the people of
Cuzco and San Jer6nimo. Guido Delran, Isabel Hurtado, Lucho Nieto,
Gabriela Ramos, Marisa Remy, Henrique Urbano, and Pilar Zevallos
are among those who made work at Centro Bartolome de Las Casas so
fruitful. My students at the San Antonio Abad University taught me a
great deal, particularly in the grim days of the late 1980s. Special thanks
to members of the Taller de Historia who pitched in with research as-
sistance: Margarita Castro, Eduardo Luza, Jose Luis Mendoza, and
Margareth Najarro. For the last ten years, my "summers" in Cuzco
have been greatly sweetened by the friendship of Miryam Q!lispe and
of Thomas Kriiggeler, always generous with his knowledge of Cuzco.
Since our years working together in the Archivo Departamental del
Cuzco, Kathryn Burns has been a great friend. I also thank Marisol de la
Cadena for a careful reading of my work and for her support. One of my
greatest debts to Cuzco is the enduring friendship of Ivan Hinojosa. No
one has taught me more about Peru or made me enjoy it more than Ivan.
This project began at the University of Chicago. Bernard Cohn
pushed me to pay special attention to language and the use of space,
while Friedrich Katz forced me to think comparatively. John Coats-
worth has never ceased to favor and impress me with his characteristic
intelligence, commitment, and kindness. Many of the ideas in this book
were developed in discussions with him. Nils Jacobsen of the University
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