The Black Legend and Global Conspiracies

Irene Silverblatt

in Rereading the Black Legend

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226307213
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307244 | DOI:
The Black Legend and Global Conspiracies

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This chapter examines the history of Spain and the Inquisition in relation to the Black Legend. It argues that contrary to Black Legend propaganda, the Spanish Inquisition was a modern institution and that Spain was an emerging modern nation. This chapter also contends that from the sixteenth century through the mid-seventeenth, Spain was in the vanguard of the modern world, installing cutting-edge bureaucracies and race-thinking designs in its widely dispersed colonies.

Keywords: Spain; history; Spanish Inquisition; Black Legend; modern institution; modern world; bureaucracies

Chapter.  7792 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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