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The enlightenment on trial : ordinary litigants and colonialism in the Spanish empire

Author: Bianca Premo
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
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The principal protagonists of this history of the Enlightenment are non-literate, poor, and enslaved colonial litigants who began to sue their superiors in the royal courts of the Spanish empire. With comparative data on civil litigation and close readings of the lawsuits, The Enlightenment on Trial explores how ordinary Spanish Americans actively produced modern concepts of law.
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History
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Premo, Bianca.
Enlightenment on trial.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016041019
(OCoLC)958141347
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bianca Premo
ISBN: 9780190638740 0190638745 9780190638764 0190638761
OCLC Number: 958141454
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 361 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Introduction : why is it enlightenment? --
Agents and powers : litigants and writers in the courts --
Derecho and law : legal enlightenment in philosophy and policy --
Numbers and values : counting cases in the Spanish empire --
Pleitos and lawsuits : conjugal conflicts in civil courts --
Then and now : native status and custom --
Being and becoming : freedom and slave lawsuits --
Conclusion : why not enlightenment? --
Appendix I. Archival methods --
Appendix II. Analysis of civil litigation over time.
Responsibility: Bianca Premo.

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