Enlightened Reform in Southern Europe and its Atlantic by Gabriel Paquette

By Gabriel Paquette

Efforts to envision the effect of enlightenment idea on nation motion, particularly executive reform, within the lengthy eighteenth century have lengthy provoked stimulating scholarly quarrels. Generations of historians have grappled with the elusive intersections of enlightenment and absolutism, of political rules and govt coverage. for you to supplement, extend and rejuvenate the controversy which has to date targeted principally on Northern, crucial and japanese Europe, this quantity brings jointly historians of Southern Europe (broadly outlined) and its ultramarine empires. every one bankruptcy has been explicitly commissioned to interact with a typical set of historiographical matters with the intention to reappraise particular elements of 'enlightened absolutism' and 'enlightened reform' as paradigms for the learn of Southern Europe and its Atlantic empires. In so doing it engages creatively with urgent matters within the present ancient literature and indicates new instructions for destiny study. No unmarried historian, operating on my own, might write a historical past that did justice to the complicated concerns eager about learning the relationship among enlightenment principles and policy-making in Spanish the US, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. as a result, this well-conceived, balanced quantity, drawing at the services of a small, carefully-chosen cohort, bargains a thrilling research of this historic debate.

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