Gentlemen, Bourgeois, and Revolutionaries: Political Change and Cultural Persistence among the Spanish Dominant Groups, 1750-1850

Gentlemen, Bourgeois, and Revolutionaries: Political Change and Cultural Persistence among the Spanish Dominant Groups, 1750-1850

by Jesus Cruz
ISBN-10:
0521894166
ISBN-13:
9780521894166
Pub. Date:
10/31/2003
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Gentlemen, Bourgeois, and Revolutionaries: Political Change and Cultural Persistence among the Spanish Dominant Groups, 1750-1850

The traditional interpretation of the crisis of the Spanish Old Regime is of a revolution carried out by an ascendant bourgeoisie. Professor Cruz challenges this viewpoint, arguing that in Spain, as in the rest of Europe, a national bourgeoisie did not exist before 1850. Historiography based on the bourgeois revolution theory portrays Spain as an exceptional model whose main feature is the "failure" produced by the immobility of its ruling class. This work re-examines that understanding, and relocates Spain in the mainstream for industrialization, urbanization and democratization that characterize the history of Modern Europe.

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ISBN-13: 9780521894166
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Careers, Business and Fortunes: 1. Introduction; 2. Merchants; 3. Bankers; 4. Bureaucrats and professionals; 5. Politicians; Part II. The Museum of Families: Strategies of Reproduction: 6. Habitus, solidarity and authority; 7. Kinship, friendship and patronage; 8. Conclusion: rethinking the Spanish Revolution.

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