‘An Empire in Men’s Hearts:’ The Liberal Conquest of Spanish America

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

in Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651702 | DOI:
‘An Empire in Men’s Hearts:’ The Liberal Conquest of Spanish America

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This introductory chapter discusses the interest eighteenth-century readers had on Spanish America, starting with Britain's relations with the emerging ‘informal empire’ in Spanish America. It then studies the historicization and romanticizing of Spanish America, and draws on Jean-François Marmontel's semi-historical romance Les Incas, ou la destruction de l'empire du Pérou, Abbé Raynal's multi-volume Histoire philosophique et politique, and des établissements et du commerce des Européens dans les Deux Indes and William Robertson's History of America. An outline of the following chapters is provided in the final section of the chapter.

Keywords: Spanish America; informal empire; historicization; romanticizing; British relations

Chapter.  12673 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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