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Espinosa Aurelio. The Empire of the Cities: Emperor Charles V, the Comunero Revolt, and the Transformation of the Spanish System
Brill Academic Pub, 2008 - 357 p. ISBN10: 9004171363 ISBN13: 9789004171367 (eng)

Starting in the nineteenth century the scholarly consensus has been to attribute the decline of the Spanish empire to structural rigidity, corrupt bureaucracy and repressive policies. In "The Empire of the Cities," Aurelio Espinosa challenges these theories and offers groundbreaking insight into Spain's political process and emphasizes early mode state formation. Spain's empire should no longer be viewed simply as a symbol of royal absolutism and dominance. Rather it functioned as a collection of autonomous municipalities interconnected by a parliament that articulated domestic programs and foreign policy. Professor Espinosa also provides a more nuanced understanding of the monarchical govement in revealing new insight into royal institutions and management procedures under Emperor Charles V. "The Empire of the Cities" offers a fascinating and penetrating look inside Spain's political system that encouraged both expansionism and domestic stability.
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