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John Stuart Mill on Spain


  • Ramos Gorostiza José Luis

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

  • Trincado Estrella

    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


This article studies the observations which John Stuart Mill collected about Spain in his writings. The aim is to analyze how one of the most important thinkers of the time valued some political Spanish events, certain aspects of socioeconomic reality, or determined features which he considered to constitute the Spanish «national character». Throughout his entire intellectual trajectory, Mill seems to have been aware of the complex and eventful life of Spanish politics. Moreover, Mill visited Spain in 1860 and captured the image of a country in a process of economic transformation, similar to the image portrayed by historians today and far from the romantic stereotypes that were so common to travel books of the 19th century.

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  • Ramos Gorostiza José Luis & Trincado Estrella, 2012. "John Stuart Mill on Spain," Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, De Gruyter, vol. 18(2), pages 1-25, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:18:y:2012:i:2:n:1

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    1. N. B. de Marchi, 1974. "The Success of Mill's Principles," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 6(2), pages 119-157, Summer.
    2. Robert B, Jr Ekelund & Robert D. Tollison, 1976. "The New Political Economy of J. S. Mill: The Means to Social Justice," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 9(2), pages 213-231, May.
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