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Early modern Spain : a documentary history

ed. by Jon Cowans


Spain as a political entity can be traced to the joining of the two largest Iberian kingdoms
through the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile in 1469. Over the course of the
next centuries, Spain rose to European dominance, presided over the world's largest empire, and
saw its power and wealth decline until it was finally conquered and occupied by Napoleon in the
early nineteenth century. Early Modem Spain: A Documentary History, the first broad-ranging
collection in English of writings from the entire period from 1469 to the end of the eighteenth
century, comprises 61 documents carefully selected and introduced by Jon Cowans. Beginning with
the marriage contract of Ferdinand and Isabella, the volume unveils the rich and turbulent history
of early modern Spain through contemporary writings, including documents on the expulsion of the
Jews in 1492, a narrative of the conquest of Mexico, accounts of the Inquisition, a profile, of
King Philip II, a cleric's primer on "the perfect wife," a sermon on the defeat of the "Invincible
Armada" in 1588, reports of a bread riot in Seville, a royal investigation of the painter Velazquez,
Benito Feijoo's "defense of women" of 1737, a 1790 denunciation of bullfighting, and Charles IV's
declaration of war on revolutionary France in 1793.

Covering political, cultural, social, and economic history, Early Modern Spain: A Documentary
History provides a valuable opportunity to explore the history of Spain through primary sources,
revealing the problems and experiences of Spain's empire, tensions among ethnic groups and across
regions, the place of women and minorities in Spanish society, and the outlooks and roles of Spanish

Jon Cowans is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the editor of
the companion volume Modern Spain: A Documentary History, also available from the University of
Pennsylvania Press.

Сведения об издании: 
Philadelphia : Penn : Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, cop. 2003
ISBN 0-8122-3716-1
ISBN 0-8122-1845-0
Тематическое подразделение: 
Исторические науки