For the Common Good: Popular Politics in Barcelona, 1580-1640 by Luis R. CortegueraFor the Common Good: Popular Politics in Barcelona, 1580-1640 by Luis R. Corteguera

For the Common Good: Popular Politics in Barcelona, 1580-1640

byLuis R. Corteguera

Hardcover | May 2, 2002

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On June 7, 1640, the viceroy of Catalonia was stabbed to death on a Barcelona beach. By Christmas, several more royal officials of the Spanish principality had been assassinated. In the wake of these and other violent acts committed by the "people"—a term used for artisans—the Catalans severed their allegiance to the Spanish monarchy and elected Louis XIII of France their new king. The first English-language book to explore the political beliefs and behavior of early modern craftsmen, Luis Corteguera's work offers a dramatically new account of the origins of the Catalan revolt, the longest rebellion in seventeenth-century Spain.Drawing on his extensive research in Barcelona's archives, Corteguera examines how the political actions, ideas, and language of Barcelona's craftsmen shaped the relations between the Spanish monarchy and Catalonia in the decades leading to the insurrection. Artisans made up over half of the population of Barcelona, the political center and largest city of Catalonia. The Mediterranean port had a long history of active popular politics. Artisans sat in the city council, formed the core of the principality's largest militia, and participated in protests and riots. Corteguera finds that the 1640 rebellion was not a social revolution of the poor but rather a political action by craftsmen seeking to defend what they perceived as the ancient liberties of their homeland. Although their behavior was more violent, the artisans were, the author asserts, motivated by the same assumptions, language, and symbols that inspired the elite of the principality.
Title:For the Common Good: Popular Politics in Barcelona, 1580-1640Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.34 inPublished:May 2, 2002Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801437806

ISBN - 13:9780801437809

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"In this fine work of local historical exploration, Luis Corteguera skillfully guides the reader into and through the multidimensional political history of the 'little people' of early modern Barcelona. Carefully examining a series of contentious political episodes culminating in the unprecedented violence of 1640, the author makes a compelling case for the importance of popular politics to our understanding of power and privilege in Europe's most formidable composite state.- Corteguera's artisans and their confraternities don't just lay claim to our sympathies; they loudly demand our respect!"—Wayne te Brake, author of Shaping History: Ordinary People in European Politics, 1500–1700