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Who Should Rule? – Men of Arms, the Republic of Letters, and the Fall of the Spanish Empire - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Who Should Rule?: Men of Arms, the Republic of Letters, and the Fall of the Spanish Empire

Mónica Ricketts


This book examines the rise of men of letters and military officers as new and competing political actors in two central areas of the Spanish world: the viceroyalty of Peru and Spain. This was a disruptive, dynamic, and long process of common imperial origins. In 1700, two dynastic lines, the Spanish Habsburgs and the French Bourbons, disputed the succession to the Spanish throne. After more than a decade of war, the latter prevailed. Suspicious of the old Spanish court circles, the new Bourbon Crown sought meritorious subjects for its ministries: men of letters and well-trained military offic ... More

Keywords: Spain, Peru, Spanish Empire, viceroyalty of Peru, Spanish Enlightenment, breakdown of the Spanish Empire, men of letters, military officers, power struggles, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190494889
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190494889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mónica Ricketts, author
Assistant Professor of History, Temple University

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