The People and the King

The People and the King

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In The People and the King, John Leddy Phelan reexamines a well-known but long misunderstood event in eighteenth-century Colombia. When the Spanish colonial bureaucratic system of conciliation broke down, indigenous groups resorted to armed revolt to achieve their political ends. As Phelan demonstrates in these pages, the crisis of 1781 represented a constitutional clash between imperial centralization and colonial decentralization. Phelan argues that the Comunero revolution was not, as it has often been portrayed, a precursor of political independence, nor was it a frustrated social upheaval. The Comunero leaders and their followers did not advocate any basic reordering of society, Phelan concludes, but rather made an appeal for revolutionary reform within a traditionalist framework.... 15, 032 disciplined militiamen, of whom 800 were stationed in Bogota, with other contingents in Honda, Tunja, and Socorro. ... Caballero y Gongora wished to combine pacific persuasions with an organized military force as a reminder to the ... The expense of maintenance seems to have been the paramount factor in theanbsp;...

Title:The People and the King
Author:John Leddy Phelan
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2010-09-01


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