Gentlemen, Bourgeois, and Revolutionaries
Political Change and Cultural Persistence among the Spanish Dominant Groups, 1750-1850
By (author) Jesus Cruz
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Gentlemen, Bourgeois, and Revolutionaries by Jesus Cruz
Book DescriptionThe traditional interpretation of the crisis of the Spanish Old Regime is to see it as a revolution carried out by an ascendant bourgeoisie. Professor Cruz challenges this viewpoint by arguing that in Spain, as in the rest of continental Europe, a national bourgeoisie did not exist before the second half of the nineteenth century. Consequently, the model of bourgeois revolution proves inadequate to explain any movement toward modernisation 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 industrialisation, urbanisation and democratisation that characterise the history of modern Europe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521894166
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jesus Cruz
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Revises the traditional interpretation of the crisis of the Spanish Old Regime as a revolution carried out by an ascendant bourgeoisie.
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