1st Edition

Political Representation in the Ancien Régime

Edited By Joaquim Albareda, Manuel Herrero Sánchez Copyright 2019
    364 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    362 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.