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Defining NationsImmigrants and Citizens in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America$
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Tamar Herzog

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092530

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092530.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Defining Nations

Tamar Herzog

Yale University Press

This book is primarily concerned with the construction of a community of natives of the kingdoms of Spain, one that in the early nineteenth century would be defined as the “Spanish community.” The book argues that this community emerged as a result of the establishment of a distinction between immigrants who were willing to integrate themselves into the community and take on both the rights and duties of membership, and those who were not. In the Middle Ages, this distinction applied only to immigrants. In the early modern period, however, it became instrumental in defining the status of people already living in the community. The distinction between “good” and “bad” immigrants was first elaborated in Castilian localities, where it found expression in the term vecino, designating people who were entitled to certain rights as long as they complied with certain duties.

Keywords:   community of natives, kingdoms of Spain, Spanish community, immigrants, Castilian localities, vecino

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