Defining Nations

Immigrants and Citizens in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America

Tamar Herzog

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April 26, 2011
334 pages, 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780300178319
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In this book Tamar Herzog 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, Herzog reexamines early modern categories of belonging. She 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 community and those who were not.

Tamar Herzog is associate professor in the department of history at the University of Chicago.

“Professor Herzog deals with connections between world regions on a much richer, more sophisticated, archive-based way than usual. She makes a major contribution to Hispanic, Atlantic, and world history.”—J. B. Owens, Idaho State University

"Herzog’s close analysis of citizenship and native status in eighteenth-century Castile and in Spain’s colonies in the Americas is unparalleled."—Mark Burkholder, University of Missouri, St. Louis

"This innovative and painstaking reconstruction of early modern debates over belonging and participation in Imperial Spain illuminates both past creations of the nation-state and contemporary issues facing global Iberia. . . . [This] subtle, detailed argument should provoke new thinking within many European disciplines."—Choice

“Engrossing and intellectually stimulating, this book is a must read for those interested in the dynamics of the Spanish Empire.”—Colonial Latin American Historical Review

“This is an extremely provocative and important book that engages several literatures at once.”—Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Colonial Latin American Review

"Ther can be no doubt that this is an essential contribution to the general history of European early modern nationalism and to the particular cases of Spain and Spanish America."—Jesus Cruz, European History Quarterly

"A valuable inquiry into the formal and informal principles regulating community membership in the Spanish empire." —David Carrico Wood, Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Bulletin

“Herzog makes a major contribution to analyses of citizenship and nationalism in both the early modern and modern periods. . . . The book is highly readable, with clear introductions and summations for each chapter. Therefore, it would be appropriate for graduate or advanced undergraduate students, as well as specialists.”—Sarah C. Chambers, The Americas

"This ambitious book has several virtues. . . . [Herzog] adds to both the legal history of Spanish nationality and the social history of Spanish communities."—Peter Sahlins, Journal of Modern History