The â€œPerfidious Invasionâ€ of 1808: Ideological Disquiet and Certainty in MoratÃn
AbstractThis paper revisits the afrancesadosâ€™ role in Spanish historiography as well as their political positioning prior to, during and after the French invasion of 1808. Taking the famous playwright Leandro FernÃ¡ndez de MoratÃn as a case study, the paper explores his political ideas beyond established labels such as â€œsupporter of enlightened despotismâ€ coined by SÃ¡nchez Agesta. To this end the article reviews a variety of MoratÃnâ€™s texts, including Carta de un vecino de Foncarral a un abogado de Madrid sobre el libre comercio de los huevos, Apuntaciones sueltas de Inglaterra, Viaje a Italia, a Prologue to Islaâ€™s Fray Gerundio de Campazas, as well as MoratÃnâ€™s correspondence. The essay argues that despite his confessed social, economic and even political liberalism, MoratÃn never supported any specific form of political organization, neither absolutist nor liberal. His open skepticism locates him beyond prevailing ideologies. The paper was presented at the conference on The End of the Old Regime in the Iberian World sponsored by the Spanish Studies Program and the Portuguese Studies Program of UC Berkeley on February 8-9, 2008.
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