The Uncertainties of Empire: Essays in Iberian and Ibero-American Intellectual History

1st Edition

Anthony Pagden

Published November 24, 1994
Reference - 298 Pages
ISBN 9780860784616 - CAT# Y283809
Series: Variorum Collected Studies


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The essays in this book are concerned with the intellectual development of the Spanish Empire in America from 1492 until Independence in the 1820s. The first section deals with the creation of a powerful language of natural law in the 16th and 17th centuries. The second explores the ways in which this was used to account for, and to deprecate, the cultures of the Native Americas. The final section traces the emergence of Enlightenment modes of approaching the subject of ’Others’, both in Europe and the New World, and charts the emergence of a separate cultural identity among the creole population of the Americas.

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