The ‘war of independence’: a promising beginning

José Álvarez-Junco

in Spanish Identity in the Age of Nations

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719075797
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701737 | DOI:
The ‘war of independence’: a promising beginning

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This chapter focuses on the war of 1808–1814 and analyses its subsequent mythification as the ‘War of Independence’: that is to say, as a struggle governed by a spirit of national emancipation in the face of an attempt at foreign domination. It also scrutinises the difficulties that lay ahead for the liberal élites which sought to deploy the Spanish identity which had been inherited, reinforced and reformulated during the Napoleonic Wars in the service of their mission to modernise ‘Spain’.

Keywords: War of Independence; Spanish identity; Napoleonic Wars; Spain; national emancipation

Chapter.  12654 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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