The Birth of Modern Politics in Spain: Democracy, Association and Revolution, 1854-75 by G. ThomsonThe Birth of Modern Politics in Spain: Democracy, Association and Revolution, 1854-75 by G. Thomson

The Birth of Modern Politics in Spain: Democracy, Association and Revolution, 1854-75

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This book challenges the view of Spain as backward, 'timeless' and isolated from wider European movements; impervious to modernity. By tracing the diffusion of democratic ideas and republican associations in the towns and villages of eastern Andalucia between 1854 and 1875, Spain is shown to have shared fully in Europe's mid-nineteenth century democratic enthusiasm. Small town Democrats captured the imagination hundreds of thousands of rural people who viewed politics as an esoteric pastime occupying only the wealthy and the educated. They achieved this by using the press for delivering their message, by organizing clandestine Carbonari societies for extending their support and fighting elections, by preparing for summer (mostly abortive) popular insurrections, and by dramatising the analogy between the Italian Risorgimento and Spain's own regeneration. Hence, during the two decades of political conflict that preceded the 'Glorious' Revolution of September 1868, Spain moved from patrician to mass politics. The book explores this political awakening by tracing the heated rivalry between two neighbours from Granada's second city of Loja, the centre of the region of study. The lives of Conservative chieftain General Ramon Maria Narvaez, Duke of Valencia, appointed seven times as First Minister by Queen Isabel, and Rafael Perez del Alamo, a veterinarian blacksmith who in July 1861 led Spain's first civilian 'socialist' mass uprising, exemplify the two competing visions of political modernity that divided Spain during nineteenth Century, and had such tragic consequences for the twentieth.

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GUY THOMSON teaches history at the University of Warwick, UK and has published extensively on Mexican and Spanish regional history. His books include Puebla de los Angeles Industry and Society in a Mexican City, 1700-1850 (Boulder, Colorado, 1989), Patriotism, Politics and Popular Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, Juan Francisc...
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Title:The Birth of Modern Politics in Spain: Democracy, Association and Revolution, 1854-75Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:December 29, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Illustrations and Maps
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and Glossary
PART I: PARTY, TOWN AND THE CULTURE OF CLANDESTINITY, 1843-1861
The Bienio Progresista in Eastern Andaluca, 1854-1856
The Moderado Restoration and Democrat Conspiracy, 1856-1857
Ballots, Conspiracies and Insurrection in Mlaga and Granada, 1857-59
The Advance of Democracy in Eastern Andaluca , 1860-1861
PART II: THE REVOLUTION OF THE BLACKSMITHS, JULY 1861
The Loja Revolution
The Council of War in Loja
The Sierra Btica: Conspiratorial Region
Combating Clandestinity in Antequera, July 1861- December 1862
PART III: CATHOLICISM AND DEMOCRACY AND THE TWILIGHT OF THE BOURBON MONARCHY, 1862- 1868
Narvezs Return and Queen Isabels visit to Loja in 1862
The Second Loja: Garibaldi and the Limits of Democracy in Eastern Granada, 1863-1864
Narvez and Democracy in Eastern Andaluca, 1864-1868
PART IV: 'LA GLORIOSA': DEMOCRAT VICTORY, REPUBLICAN DEFEAT, 1868-1891
The Revolution of September 1868 in Western Granada
The Sexenio Revolucionario in Antequera: From Federal Republicanism to the Socialist International, 1868-1880
Conclusion
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index