The perception of socioeconomic change at the end of the 18th century: spanish enlightened travellers in England

Authors

  • José Luis Ramos Gorostiza Universidad Complutense de Madrid

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v19i44.20725

Keywords:

England, Enlightenment, Spanish Travel Books, Industrial Revolution

Abstract

The England of the late eighteenth century, which was economically the most dynamic country in Europe and where the industria] revolution were already beginning, was rarely visited by Spanish Iraveliers despite its obvious appeal. In this paper we am to analyze, from a socioeeonomic sl;IIltl the main S trziv-cl boo]cs un England ve knuw Iud (Iw Antonio Punz, the Marquis of Ureña and Leandro Femandez de Moratin). I gua! is to see how these three prominent Spanish enlightened authors perceived the unprecedented Iransformation that it was occurring in the cited counlry in that moment. Although they are necessaiily partial and incomplete, these insights give us a vivid and clear picture of the change that was taking place there, higblighting especially sorne contrasts with regard to the Spanish case.

Published

2017-12-14

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