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El canto del cisne del Imperio y el canto del cisne de la grandeza o Cómo se gobernaba el Imperio

Abstract : The Spanish Monarchy, at the end of the XVIIth century was not the "walking corpse" that historiography traditionally describes. Nevertheless subject to a relative decline, it no longer was the leading character of European politics. This decline occurs in parallel with that of the grandees. A nobiliary cast, created by Charles V, as an aristocracy of the Spanish Empire, they included representatives of all the local aristocracies of the same. They had a practical monopoly over the viceroyships and the main governorships. They were in fact co-administrators of the empire, alongside the king. The group had reached around 1700 a degree of biological exhaustion which weakened its monopoly on higher territorial commands. The new French dynasty abruptly expelled its members from the viceroyships and reduced it to the role of a honorific higher layer of the Spanish nobility.
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Jean-Pierre Dedieu. El canto del cisne del Imperio y el canto del cisne de la grandeza o Cómo se gobernaba el Imperio. L'Espagne de Charles II. Une modernité paradoxale (1665-1700), Mestre Zaragoza (Marina), ENS Lyon, Dec 2017, Lyon, Francia. pp.13-45. ⟨halshs-01695840⟩



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