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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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The Black Legend and Global Conspiracies

The Black Legend and Global Conspiracies

Spain, the Inquisition, and the Emerging Modern World

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(p.99) Chapter Six The Black Legend and Global Conspiracies
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Rereading the Black Legend
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Irene Silverblatt

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0006

This chapter examines the history of Spain and the Inquisition in relation to the Black Legend. It argues that contrary to Black Legend propaganda, the Spanish Inquisition was a modern institution and that Spain was an emerging modern nation. This chapter also contends that from the sixteenth century through the mid-seventeenth, Spain was in the vanguard of the modern world, installing cutting-edge bureaucracies and race-thinking designs in its widely dispersed colonies.

Keywords:   Spain, history, Spanish Inquisition, Black Legend, modern institution, modern world, bureaucracies

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