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The viceroyal courts in the Mediterranean world: power and representation in the Early Modern period

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The viceroyal courts in the Mediterranean world: power and representation in the Early Modern period

Consolidated Research Group. Generalitat de Catalunya
Ref. 2009SGR1214

Introduction:

This group intends to develop an analysis of the viceroyal system of government in the Hispanic Empire during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, beginning with the example of Catalonia before more widely observing the diverse Mediterranean territories of which it was composed (Valencia, Naples, Sicily and Sardinia). We aim to go beyond the heretofore predominant institutional analysis in studies of this topic, applying a cultural perspective to the concept of viceroyoral courts, considering these the empire’s principal elements of articulation.

In this manner, we hope to measure the capacity for resistance exhibited by previous forms of government subjected to a powerful hegemonising pressure. Taking this into account, ours hopes to be an investigation into the management of complex, composite political systems: that is, into the relationship between unity and diversity in the great systems of power.

Principal researcher:
Joan Lluís Palos Peñarroya

Members:

  • Joan Lluís Palos Peñarroya
  • Ernest Belenguer i Cebrià
  • Francesco Manconi
  • Mafalda Soares Cunha
  • Xavier Baró i Queralt
  • Diana Carrió-Invrnizzi
  • Jordi Buyreu Juan
  • Joana Ribeirete Fraga
  • Pilar Sarrias

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