Spanish imperialism and the political imagination : studies in European and Spanish-American social and political theory, 1513-1830 /
Anthony Pagden.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1990.
viii, 184 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 1990.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 172-182) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-12:
Pagden has broken new gound in his latest work, which should be required reading for all professors of Latin American and early modern European history. Using philosophy, utopian political theory, theology, and history, Pagden analyzes the legitimacy of Spanish conquest in both America and Europe, Spain's universal empire, and the two ideologies of Spanish American independence. One of these, the merging of Spanish and Indian political imagery, originally failed; Indianismo, however, achieved considerable success in the 20th century. With imagination, an analogy may be drawn between the role the US has played and is playing in the post-WW II period and the European concept that Spain was the universal empire. Attempts to fulfill such a role helped bankrupt the Spanish state. Arguments in Pagden's analyses may be used to support the doctrine of Liberation Theology, emanating from Vatican II and CELAM II and III. This theology will probably continue to exert considerable political influence in Latin America. Pagden has written one of the most informative works in this field. Graduate level. -C. E. Frazier Jr., Sam Houston State University
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From the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, Spain was regarded as a unique social and political community -- the most exalted, the most feared, the most despised, and the most discussed since the Roman Empire. In this important book, Anthony Pagden offers an incisive analysis of the lasting influence of the Spanish Empire in the history of early modern Europe and of its place in the European and Spanish American political imagination.

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