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Defining Nations: Immigrants and Citizens in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America

Tamar Herzog


This book explores the emergence of a specifically Spanish concept of community in both Spain and Spanish America in the eighteenth century. Challenging the assumption that communities were the natural result of common factors such as language or religion, or that they were artificially imagined, it reexamines early modern categories of belonging. The book argues that the distinction between those who were Spaniards and those who were foreigners came about as local communities distinguished between immigrants who were judged to be willing to take on the rights and duties of membership in that ... More

Keywords: community, Spain, Spanish America, eighteenth century, language, religion, categories of belonging, Spaniards, foreigners, local communities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092530
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tamar Herzog, author