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Political Representation in the Ancien Régime

1st Edition

Edited by Joaquim Albareda, Manuel Herrero Sánchez


352 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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What kind of political representation existed in the Ancien Régime? Which social sectors were given a voice, and how were they represented in the institutions? These are some of the issues addressed by the authors of this book from different institutional angles (monarchies and republics; parliaments and municipalities), from various European territories and finally from a connected and comparative perspective.

The aim is twofold: analyse the different mechanisms of political representation before Liberalism, their strengths and limitations; value the processes of oligarchisation and the possible mismatch between a libertarian model and a reality which was far from its idealised image.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Joaquim Albareda and Manuel Herrero Sánchez

Part I: Preliminary Remarks

2. Enterprising Politics or Routine Dealings?: Political Participation in Europe Before 1800

Wim Blockmans

Part II: Some European Cases


3. Political Representation in Languedoc Under the Ancien Régime

Gilbert Larguier

4. Representation: Political Foundations of the French Province, 15th-18th Century

Marie-Laure Legay

5. The Administration of French Villages by Their Inhabitants in the Modern Age

Antoine Follain

Italian Republics and Imperial Cities

6. Governing in a Republican State: A Case Study of Genoa from Medieval to Modern Times

Carlo Bitossi

7. Political Representation and Symbolic Communication in the Early Modern Period: The Imperial Cities of the Holy Roman Empire

Thomas Weller


8. Representation in the Scottish Parliament to 1707 and Scottish Representation in the Parliament of Great Britain to the 1832 Reform Act

John R. Young

Part III: The Spanish Monarchy

The Crown of Aragon (Aragon, Valencia and Sardinia)

9. Constitution and Political Representation in the Crown of Aragon

Tomàs de Montagut

10. Political Representation in the Kingdom of Aragon During the Ancien Régime

Gregorio Colás Latorre

11. Political Representation in the Kingdom of Valencia During the Modern Period (16th-18th Century)

Carmen Pérez Aparicio

12. Political Representation in the Kingdom of Sardinia in the Modern Period: Entry in Force and Retrospection on the Pact-Based Culture

Lluis J. Guia Marín

The Catalan Case

13. Political Participation in Catalonia: From Zenith to Suppression

Joaquim Albareda

14. The Configuration of the Tribunal de Contrafaccions of Catalonia in the Corts of 1701-1702

Josep Capdeferro

15. The Conferència dels Comuns in Catalonia (1656-1714): A New Form of Representation and Political Participation

Eduard Martí

Castille and the Basque Territories

16. The Multiple Faces of Representation: Kingdom, Cortes and Estates in the Crown of Castile Under the Habsburgs

José Ignacio Fortea Pérez

17. Municipal Representation in the Crown of Castile in the Early Modern Age

José Manuel de Bernardo Ares

18. Political Participation and Representation in the Basque Country

Susana Truchuelo

Representation in a Polycentric Monarchy of Urban Republics

19. Urban Republicanism and Political Representation in the Spanish Monarchy

Manuel Herrero Sánchez

About the Editors

Joaquim Albareda is Full Professor of Early Modern History at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Manuel Herrero Sánchez is Full Professor of Early Modern History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge

This series explores Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge (c.1400-c.1700) in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. The volumes published in this series study the individuals, communities and networks involved in making and communicating knowledge during the first age of globalization. Authors investigate the perceptions, practices and modes of behaviour which shaped Renaissance and Early Modern intellectual endeavour and examine the ways in which they reverberated in the political, cultural, social and economic sphere.

The series is interdisciplinary, comparative and global in its outlook. We welcome submissions from new as well as existing fields of Renaissance Studies, including the history of literature (including neo-Latin, European and non-European languages), science and medicine, religion, architecture, environmental and economic history, the history of the book, art history, intellectual history and the history of music. We are particularly interested in proposals that straddle disciplines and are innovative in terms of approach and methodology.

The series includes monographs, shorter works and edited collections of essays. The Society for Renaissance Studies (http://www.rensoc.org.uk) provides an expert editorial board, mentoring, extensive editing and support for contributors to the series, ensuring high standards of peer-reviewed scholarship. We welcome proposals from early career researchers as well as more established colleagues.

SRS Board Members: Erik DeBom (KU Leuven, Belgium), Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology, USA), Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), Peter Mack (University of Warwick, UK), Jennifer Richards (University of Newcastle, UK), Stefania Tutino (UCLA, USA), Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music, UK)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HISTORY / Modern / General