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Palgrave Macmillan

The Origins of Bourbon Reform in Spanish South America, 1700-1763

ISBN 9781137362230
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Studies of the Americas

This book presents one of the first detailed analyses of the first six decades of Bourbon rule in Spanish America (1700-1763). Based on a wealth of archival sources in Spain and Peru and on a body of historical research that has transformed our understanding of this period in just the past few years, it turns existing interpretations on their heads, staking a claim for the significance of the early Bourbon era within the broad sweep of Spanish colonial history. Above all, it argues that the much better-known late-Bourbon program of reforms for the American colonies, associated primarily with the reign of the 'great reformer-king' Charles III, cannot be understood without reference to the half-century that preceded his accession to the Spanish throne.

Adrian Pearce is Profesor-Investigador in the Centro de Estudios Históricos, El Colegio de Méxo, in Mexico City. He is the author of British Trade with Spanish America, 1763-1808 (2007).

Introduction: The Early Bourbon Period in Spanish South America, An Interpretation
1. Imperial Hiatus: War in Spain and Crisis in Peru, 1700 to 1720s
2. Bourbon Rule and the Origins of Reform in Spain and the Colonies, 1700-1719
3. The First Cycle of Reform, 1710s to 1736: Spanish Atlantic Trade
4. The First Cycle of Reform, 1710s to 1736: Government, Treasury, Mining, and the Church
5. Reform Abated, 1736-1745
6. Reform Renewed: The Second Cycle, 1745-1763
7. Conclusions

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