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Early Modern Spain: A social History explores the solidarities which held the Spanish nation together at this time of conflict and change. The book studies the pattern of fellowship and patronage at the local level which contributed to the notable absence of popular revolts characteristic of other European countries at this time. It also analyses the Counter-Reformation, which transformed religious attitudes, and which had a huge impact on family life, social control and popular culture.
Focusing on the main themes of the development of capitalism, the growth of the state and religious upheaval, this comprehensive social history sheds light on changes throughout Europe in the critical early modern period.
|Map 1: Physical Iberia|
|Map 2: Historic regions of Spain|
|Map 3: Places mentioned in the text|
|1||An inhospitable land||4|
|2||The fewness of people||19|
|3||The limits of a peasant economy||43|
|4||Treasure and the cost of empire||61|
|5||Feudal lords and village potentates||87|
|6||Patricians and paupers: the urban commonwealth||111|
|7||The consolidation of an aristocracy||138|
|8||Obedience to the law||165|
|9||The policing of the family||192|
|10||The community of the faithful||222|