Paper Liberals

Overview

The death of General Francisco Franco in November of 1975 ended thirty-six years of fascist-style dictatorship in Spain. The subsequent transition to liberal parliamentary government was remarkably smooth, particularly when compared to the recent difficulties experienced by other states, such as the former Soviet Republics and Eastern Europe. Ortiz traces Spain's success back to the development of a liberal tradition and a public sphere in the last decades of the 19th century during the Restoration period. He ...

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Overview

The death of General Francisco Franco in November of 1975 ended thirty-six years of fascist-style dictatorship in Spain. The subsequent transition to liberal parliamentary government was remarkably smooth, particularly when compared to the recent difficulties experienced by other states, such as the former Soviet Republics and Eastern Europe. Ortiz traces Spain's success back to the development of a liberal tradition and a public sphere in the last decades of the 19th century during the Restoration period. He uses this era as a test case to demonstrate that liberal practices can develop even within a political situation where state institutions and the social infrastructure do not necessarily support them.

Paper Liberals dispels the notion that Western Europe ends at the Pyrenees and argues instead that, while on the periphery, Spain should not be excluded from the mainstream of European history. Clarifying a period in contemporary Spanish history that has been largely misunderstood, this study underscores the importance of the Spanish example as a comparative model to the countries customarily thought of as the European center (Britain, France, and Germany). Ortiz examines the formation and expansion of liberal political culture during the Regency of Maria Christina from 1885 to 1902, and he details the pivotal role of the Spanish press, which dominated the public sphere of Regency Spain, as the vehicle for this remarkable transformation.

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Explores the role of the press in the consolidation of liberal politics and political culture in Restoration Spain, drawing on analysis of editorial opinion of 22 Spanish newspapers based primarily in Madrid. Presents many direct quotations from the primary documents, and attempts to get at the motives of the journalists in order to present a more balanced view of 19th-century Spanish political culture. Suggests that, despite the intervention of two dictatorships, liberal political culture survived in Spain because of the culture of political debate and contention. Ortiz teaches modern European history at the University of Arizona. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

DAVID ORTIZ, JR. is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Arizona. He is a social and cultural historian of Modern Spain. His other field specialties include the histories of Modern France, Liberalism, Nationalism and newspapers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Elections and the Regency Press 19
2 Making Good Citizens: The Spirit of Education Reform 47
3 Liberalism for Everyone?: The Social Question 75
4 Conclusion: The Regency Press and Spanish Liberalism 103
Epilogue 121
Selected Bibliography 127
Index 137
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