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Title: Arbitrismo and the early seventeenth-century Spanish Church: the theory and practice of anti-clericalist philosophy
Authors: Rawlings, Helen E.
First Published: 20-Jul-2006
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer (Tamesis)
Citation: Rawlings, H. E., Arbitrismo and the early seventeenth-century Spanish Church : the theory and practice of anti-clericalist philosophy ed. Pym, Richard J. 'Rhetoric and reality in early modern Spain' (Monografias A), 2006, pp. 25-40.
Abstract: The opening decades of the seventeenth century, in particular the period 1615-25, witnessed the publication of an unprecedented volume of polemical literature in Spain that focused on the acute crisis - demographic and economic in its broad dimensions - engulfing its kingdoms. The authors were a heterogeneous group of commentators, collectively known as the arbitristas, who, via their treatises, put forward a range of expedients (arbitrios) for curing the ills afflicting the body politic. Foreign observers, political theorists and members of the Cartes, among others, also presented their advice to the monarch and his ministers within what was a remarkably open forum of public debate. Although the arbitristas were criticized by their contemporaries for being irrational in their judgements, and indeed were satirized in the writings of Cervantes and Quevedo, their role has been favourably reassessed by modern scholars. The arbitristas included academics, clergymen and merchants, as well as members of central and local government. Accordingly their approaches varied, encompassing a broad social, political and intellectual spectrum. When viewed collectively, their treatises provide historians with a unique insight into how Spaniards perceived their nation's decline. [Taken from opening Paragraph p.25]
ISBN: 1855661276
Type: Book chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2006, Boydell & Brewer. Abstract archived with permission of the publisher.
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