Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History and Modern Spain: A Documentary History

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Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History and Modern Spain: A Documentary History


Gies, David T., The Virginia Quarterly Review


Early Modern Spain: A Documentary History and Modern Spain: A Documentary History, edited by Jon Cowans. University of Pennsylvania, June 2003. $19.95 each

These books will prove to be immediately useful to anyone interested in Spanish history and culture. Cowans has selected, edited, and translated many of the documents that helped shape modern Spain. The early volume begins with the Marriage Concessions of Ferdinand and Isabella, whose union created a united Spanish monarchy in 1469, and includes selections from important mileposts, such as the intensification of the Inquisition's activities in 1480 ("Letter on Commission to Carry Out Inquiries into Bad Christians"), the Surrender Treaty of Granada in 1492 (the final outpost of the Moors on the Spanish Peninsula) and the order to expel the Jews (1492), Columbus's letter on the New World (1493), Loyola's autobiography, Olivares's "Instructions on Government" (1624), "Laws of the Habsburg Monarchy," Feijoo's "Defense of Women" (1737), "Laws of the Bourbon Monarchy," and Jovellanos's "In Praise of Carlos III" (1788) and "Letter on the French Revolution" (1794), and much more. …

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