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Gayangos and the World of Politics

Miguel Ángel, Álvarez Ramos and Claudia Heide

in Pascual de Gayangos

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635474
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635474.003.0002
Gayangos and the World of Politics

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During the nineteenth century, the field of politics and scholarship often overlapped. Scholars often mixed in political circles and sometimes held governmental positions. Gayangos is not an exception. Throughout his life, Gayangos was associated with many politicians and diplomats in Britain and Spain. These political people were crucial to his scholarly endeavours. Gayangos's family background, his bourgeois upbringing and education in France, and the political sympathies of his relatives and his friends have led to the conclusion of many scholars that Gayangos was a liberal. However, this view needed to be refined, because Gayangos's writings also reveal a degree of scepticism towards the liberal tradition. This chapter examines Gayango's social network. It scrutinises his involvement with government tasks and his academic output which are relevant to the political debate of his time. The aim of this chapter is to assess and evaluate Gayangos's political thinking within the political panorama of his native Spain and in his adoptive country, Britain.

Keywords: politics; scholarship; Gayangos; Gayango's social network; academic output; Gayangos's political thinking

Chapter.  10361 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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