The multifaceted essays compiled here by Scott Eastman and Natalia Sobrevilla Perea both shed new light on the early, liberal Hispanic societies and show how the legacies of those societies shape modern Spain and Latin America. Scott Eastman is an associate professor of transnational history at Creighton University.
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His research interests focus on the intersection of identity, colonialism, and culture in the nineteenth-century Hispanic-Atlantic world. She is leading a project to digitize nineteenth-century regional newspapers from Peru.
Their contributions approach the book's subject from an impressive range of geographical, thematic, and chronological angles. The greatest of the many merits of this book is that contributors examine the Constitution of in the context of these historical events, not just as an abstract political document. By showing such great sensitivity to the local situations in which the Constitution was implemented and appropriated on the ground, this very nuanced collection reveals the many meanings and outcomes of the constitutional experiment.
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Skickas inom vardagar. In March , while Napoleon's brother Joseph sat on the throne of Spain and the armies of France occupied much of the country, legislators elected from Spain and its overseas territories met in the Andalusian city of Cadiz. There, as the cornerstone of a government in exile, they drafted and adopted the first liberal constitution in the Hispanic world, a document that became known as the Cadiz Constitution of A bold blueprint for governing a global, heterogeneous monarchy, the Constitution represented a rupture with Spain's Antiguo Rgimen Old Regime in numerous ways-in the limits it placed on the previously autocratic Bourbon monarchs, in the admission to its governing bodies of deputies from Spain's American viceroyalties as equals, and in its framers' vociferous debate over the status of castas those of mixed ancestry and slaves.
The Rise of Constitutional Government in the Iberian Atlantic World covers these issues and adopts a transatlantic perspective that recovers the voices of those who created a vibrant political culture accessible to commoners and elite alike. The bicentenary of the Constitution of offered scholars an excellent moment to reexamine the form and role of constitutions across the Spanish-speaking world.