The Enlightenment on Trial

Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire
Author(s): 
Premo, Bianca
ISBN: 
9780190638726
Date published: 
April 2017
Hardback
Price: 
£64.00

The principal protagonists of this history of the Enlightenment are non-literate, poor, and enslaved colonial litigants who began to sue their superiors in the royal courts of the Spanish empire. With comparative data on civil litigation and close readings of the lawsuits, The Enlightenment on Trial explores how ordinary Spanish Americans actively produced modern concepts of law.