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By James Putzel

A CAPTIVE LAND is the 1st significant paintings to handle those questions, pertaining to formerly unpublished Philippine and US executive records and drawing on interviews with executive representatives, landowners and peasants. It deals a brand new and unique research of the level of landlessness, possession, and poverty. It highlights the importance of the clash among conservative and liberal techniques to reform.

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