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The Enlightenment in Iberia and Ibero-America

This book considers the way that two different Iberian imperial systems responded to challenges in their struggle to sustain territorial integrity and economic interests in the face of international competition. Brian Hamnett shows how, during a period of "Enlightened Despotism," absolutist governments in Spain and Portugal sought to harness Enlightenment ideas in service of their policies of reform, a process that contributed greatly to the longer-term project of transforming absolutist governments into constitutional systems.

416 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017

Iberian and Latin American Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages


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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword
 
List of Abbreviations
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: The Iberian Enlightenment: Nature and Significance
 
Chapter 2: Regalism, Papalism and Reform of the Catholic Church
 
Chapter 3: State, Empire and Reform in Traditional Societies
 
Chapter 4: Enlightenment and Reform in Portugal and Portuguese America
 
Chapter 5: The Spanish American Enlightenment: Reception and Practice
 
Chapter 6: The Enlightenment in New Spain
 
Chapter 7: Issues and Personalities of the Peruvian Enlightenment
 
Chapter 8: History, Political Institutions and the Question of Representation
 
Chapter 9: The Counter-Enlightenment
 
Final Remarks
 
Notes
 
Sources and Bibliography
 
Index
 

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