© 2010

The Birth of Modern Politics in Spain

Democracy, Association and Revolution, 1854–75

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Guy Thomson
      Pages 1-12
  3. Party, Town and the Culture of Clandestinity, 1843–1861

  4. The Revolution of the Blacksmiths, July 1861

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Guy Thomson
      Pages 107-123
    3. Guy Thomson
      Pages 124-142
    4. Guy Thomson
      Pages 143-165
  5. Catholicism, Democracy and the Twilight of the Bourbon Monarchy, 1862–1868

  6. ‘La Gloriosa’: Democrat Victory, Republican Defeat, 1868–1891

  7. Conclusion

    1. Guy Thomson
      Pages 295-298

About this book


An in-depth study of the reception of Democratic ideas in mid-19th Century Spain on the provincial and local level, and how they influenced the political process and fuelled the numerous conspiracies and insurrections directed at the Bourbon monarchy, between the failed uprisings in Spain in 1848 and the First Republic in 1873.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

About the authors

GUY THOMSON teaches history at the University of Warwick, UK and has published extensively on Mexican and Spanish regional history. His books include Puebla de los Angeles Industry and Society in a Mexican City, 1700-1850 (Boulder, Colorado, 1989), Patriotism, Politics and Popular Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, Juan Francisco Lucas and the Puebla Sierra (Wilmington, Delaware, 1999) , The European Revolutions of 1848 and the Americas (Institute of Latin American Studies, London, 2002), and Visiones del Liberalismo Política, identidad y cultura en la España del siglo XIX (University of Valencia, 2008)

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Birth of Modern Politics in Spain
  • Book Subtitle Democracy, Association and Revolution, 1854–75
  • Authors G. Thomson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-22202-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-30752-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-24856-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 360
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European History
    Modern History
    Political History
    Social History
    Cultural History


'The book is an essential read for historians specialising in nineteenthcentury Spain and for those interested in the transnational rise of mass politics in the decades after 1848.' - Eric Storm, Leiden University, English Historical Review