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Gentlemen, bourgeois, and revolutionaries [electronic resource] : political change and cultural persistence among the Spanish dominant groups, 1750-1850 /
Jesus Cruz.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
description
x, 350 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521481988 (hardback)
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Book
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
isbn
0521481988 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8363472
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-342) and index.
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"This solidly researched monograph challenges conventional interpretations about the social and economic background of Spanish liberals....Through detailed analysis of family histories, Cruz has shown that the liberal revolution was accomplished by already well-established individuals who moved easily to dominate the institutions and economy of the liberal state....This study offers an original and well-researched interpretation of a complex question....It makes a positive contribution to the history of Spanish liberalism in its formative period." William J. Callahan, Canadian Journal of History
"...the volume demands and deserves careful attention to appreciate its data and the arguments constructed thereon." Gary W. McDonogh, American Historical Review
The work of Jesus Cruz constitutes a magnificent example of the analytical tensions produced in European historiography by the failure of the classic theory...of the bourgeois revolution." Isabel Burdiel, Journal of Modern History
"Jesus Cruz offers convincing evidence with regard to the political and economic elite of Madrid, who largely dominated early liberal politics....This is an unusually stimulating and original dissertation-book, based on extensive prosopographical research, that makes a distinctive contribution to the social history of Spain. It merits broad attention and should provoke extensive new discussion and research on modern elites in other parts of the country as well." Stanley G. Payne, Journal of Social History
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The traditional interpretation of the crisis of the Spanish Old Regime is to see it as a revolution carried out by an ascendant bourgeoisie. Professor Cruz challenges this viewpoint by arguing that in Spain, as in the rest of continental Europe, a national bourgeoisie did not exist before the second half of the nineteenth century. Consequently, the model of bourgeois revolution proves inadequate to explain any movement toward modernisation before 1850. Historiography based on the bourgeois revolution theory portrays Spain as an exceptional model whose main feature is the 'failure' produced by the immobility of its ruling class. This work re-examines that understanding, and relocates Spain in the mainstream for industrialisation, urbanisation and democratisation that characterise the history of modern Europe.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This book re-examines the traditional interpretation of the crisis of the Spanish Old Regime as a revolution carried out by an ascendant bourgeoisie, relocating Spain in the mainstream history of Europe.
Description for Bookstore
The traditional interpretation of the crisis of the Spanish Old Regime is as a revolution carried out by an ascendant bourgeoisie. Professor Cruz challenges this viewpoint, arguing that in Spain, as in the rest of Europe, a national bourgeoisie did not exist before 1850. Historiography based on the bourgeois revolution theory portrays Spain as an exceptional model whose main feature is the "failure" produced by the immobility of its ruling class. This work re-examines that understanding, and relocates Spain in the mainstream for industrialization, urbanization and democratization that characterize the history of Modern Europe.
Main Description
The traditional interpretation of the crisis of the Spanish Old Regime is of a revolution carried out by an ascendant bourgeoisie. Professor Cruz challenges this viewpoint, arguing that in Spain, as in the rest of Europe, a national bourgeoisie did not exist before 1850. Historiography based on the bourgeois revolution theory portrays Spain as an exceptional model whose main feature is the "failure" produced by the immobility of its ruling class. This work re-examines that understanding, and relocates Spain in the mainstream for industrialization, urbanization and democratization that characterize the history of Modern Europe.
Description for Bookstore
This volume revises the model that is most often used to describe and explain the history of nineteenth-century Spain: the interpretation of political changes between 1812 and 1868 as different stages of an integrated process of bourgeois revolution.
Description for Library
The traditional interpretation of the crisis of the Spanish Old Regime is to see it as a revolution carried out by an ascendant bourgeoisie. Professor Cruz challenges this viewpoint, arguing that in Spain, as in the rest of continental Europe, a national bourgeoisie did not exist before 1850. Historiography based on the bourgeois revolution theory portrays Spain as an exceptional model whose main feature is the 'failure' produced by the immobility of its ruling class. This work re-examines that understanding, and relocates Spain in the mainstream for industrialisation, urbanisation and democratisation that characterise the history of modern Europe.
Table of Contents
Careers, Business and Fortunes
Introduction
Merchants
Bankers
Bureaucrats and professionals
Politicians
The Museum of Families: Strategies of Reproduction
Habitus, solidarity and authority
Kinship, friendship and patronage
Conclusion: rethinking the Spanish Revolution
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