The distance between coastal Peru and the highlands is much greater than even the difficult terrain and physical distance would suggest. The peoples, cultures, economies, and even the histories of these articulated, but distinct, regions has created a chasm of such immense proportions that even with goodwill and the desire to understand one another, it would still be difficult to span. To this point in Peruvian history, these optimal conditions have never existed. In La batalla por Puno, José Luis Rénique examines the nature of the relationship between the coastal world centered on Lima and the areas of the altiplano at the northern reaches of Lake Titicaca comprising the province of Puno. One of the most indigenous regions in Peru and largely dedicated to herding and agriculture, Puno has been an ongoing center of conflict and has witnessed continuing struggles over land....

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