Imagining 'America' in late Nineteenth Century Spain
This book examines
the processes of production, circulation and reception of images of America in
late nineteenth century Spain. When late nineteenth century Spaniards looked at
the United States, they, like Tocqueville, `saw more than America'. What did they see? Between the `glorious'
liberal revolution of 1868 and the run-up to the 1898 war with the US that
would end Spain's New World empire, Spanish liberal and democratic reformers
imagined the USA as a place where they could preview the `modern way of life',
as a political and social model (or anti-model) to emulate, appropriate or reject,
and above all as a 100 year experiment of republicanism, democracy and liberty
in practice. Through their writings and discussions of the USA, these Spaniards
debated and constructed their own modernity and imagined the place of their
nation in the modern world.