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Imagining 'America' in late Nineteenth Century Spain

Authors: Ferris, Kate

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  • ​Explores the ‘images’ or ideas of the United States held by the emergent liberal elite in Spain between 1868 and 1898
  • Shows the complex ways in which the United States was imagined before it became a hegemonic power
  • Focuses on themes including republicanism and democracy; the abolition of slavery; race, technology, commerce, communications and the city, and women’s status, education and emancipation
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This book examines the processes of production, circulation and reception of images of America in late nineteenth century Spain. When late nineteenth century Spaniards looked at the United States, they, like Tocqueville, ‘saw more than America’.  What did they see? Between the ‘glorious’ liberal revolution of 1868 and the run-up to the 1898 war with the US that would end Spain’s New World empire, Spanish liberal and democratic reformers imagined the USA as a place where they could preview the ‘modern way of life’, as a political and social model (or anti-model) to emulate, appropriate or reject, and above all as a 100 year experiment of republicanism, democracy and liberty in practice. Through their writings and discussions of the USA, these Spaniards debated and constructed their own modernity and imagined the place of their nation in the modern world.

About the authors

Kate Ferris is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of St Andrews, UK.  She has research interests in cultural productions and receptions in nineteenth and twentieth century Spain and Italy and has previously published Everyday Life in Fascist Venice (2012).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Imagining ‘America’, Imagining ‘Spain’

    Ferris, Kate

    Pages 1-57

  • A Model Republic? The United States, the Constitutional Question and Political Practice in Spain

    Ferris, Kate

    Pages 59-101

  • Abolition, Emancipation and War: The United States in Spanish Political Culture and the Abolition of Slavery in Cuba

    Ferris, Kate

    Pages 103-152

  • ‘Liberty’ or ‘License’? Images of Women in the United States and the ‘Woman Question’ in Spain

    Ferris, Kate

    Pages 153-198

  • Patents and Profit: The Image of the USA as the World’s Pioneer in Technology, Engineering, Communications and Urban Planning

    Ferris, Kate

    Pages 199-247

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eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-35280-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-35279-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-67495-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imagining 'America' in late Nineteenth Century Spain
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-35280-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-35280-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-35279-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-67495-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 329
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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