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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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Naturaleza: The Community of the Kingdom

Naturaleza: The Community of the Kingdom

(p.64) 4 Naturaleza: The Community of the Kingdom
Defining Nations

Tamar Herzog

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how Spain emerged from the Middle Ages as a highly complex and fragmented political entity. It included two crowns—Castile and Aragon; various kingdoms, provinces, and principates; and thousands of local communities. The kingdoms included in the crown of Aragon had their own governing and representative institutions and their own laws. Some of the kingdoms and principates included in the crown of Castile were integrated into a single system and were subjected to the same institutions and laws. Others, such as Navarre and the Basque provinces, conserved many of their separate structures. People living in the different Spanish kingdoms were legally classified in different ways. They belonged to separate groups, each enjoying a particular regime of rights and duties as defined by the legal system of their kingdom or crown.

Keywords:   fragmented political entity, crown of Castile, crown of Aragon, kingdoms, principates, provinces

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