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The state, war and peace : Spanish political thought in the Renaissance, 1516-1559
Fernández-Santamaría, J. A., 1936-
Publication Information:
Cambridge [Eng.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1977.
Physical Description:
xiv, 316 pages ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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This is a comprehensive study in English of political thought in Spain during the Renaissance. In the early sixteenth century Castile experienced two major constitutional crises caused by the accession of a Habsburg ruler (shortly to become Holy Roman Emperor) to her throne, and by the discovery and conquest of America. Politically, these circumstances created a bizarre situation in which the venerable idea of medieval empire was forced to co-exist with a novel, imperial vision made inevitable by expansion in the new world. The strain imposed on Castile's constitutional fabric stimulated the most significant developments of Spanish political thought in the Renaissance. Against this background, Professor Fernández-Santamaria surverys the contribution of a number of eminent writers from diverse intellectual traditions who endeavoured to apply established political assumptions to these unprecedented circumstances.

Table of Contents

Part I Medieval Constitutionalism, Christian Humanism, and Neoscholasticism (1516-1539)
1 The opposition to empireAlonso de Castrillo
2 Advocates for empire
3 The discovery of America and the School of SalamancaFrancisco de Victoria (I)
4Francisco de Victoria (II)
5 The age of Erasmus on war and peace
Part II The Waning of Erasmianism (1539-1559)
6 Humanist foundations for a universal societyJuan GinÃ(c)s de Sepùlveda (I)
7 Classical humanism on the American IndiansJuan GinÃ(c)s de Sepùlveda (II)
8 On princes, counselors, and councils: Charles of HabsburgAntonio de Guevara and Fadrique Furió Ceriol