Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 February 2017

384 Pages | 25 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190638733

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The Enlightenment on Trial

Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire

Bianca Premo

  • Offers a provocative corrective to the idea that the Enlightenment was a uniquely Western European movement and involved only literate people.
  • Shows how ordinary, illiterate colonial litigants challenged authority figures in courtrooms to produce modern law.
  • Features lawsuits brought by women, slaves, and indigenous peoples.
  • Examines both Iberian and colonial Latin American settings.