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This book offers a new interpretation of political reform in Spain and its American empire in the second half of the Eighteenth century. It examines the intellectual foundation of commercial, administrative and colonial policy during the tumultuous reigns of Charles III and Charles IV.
GABRIEL PAQUETTE is Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK. He has previously published articles in European History Quarterly, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, and Clio.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations Glossary Introduction The Intellectual Impact of International Rivalry Felicidad Pública, Regalism and the Bourbon Ideology of Governance Imperial Governance and Reform: Ideas and Proyectos Colonial Elites and Imperial Governance Conclusion: Enlightenment, Governance and Reform in the Spanish Atlantic World: A Reconsideration Bibliography