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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
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
Sources and Bibliography

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