Who Should Rule?

Men of Arms, the Republic of Letters, and the Fall of the Spanish Empire
Author(s): 
Ricketts, Monica
ISBN: 
9780190494889
Date published: 
October 2017
Hardback
Price: 
£47.99

Who Should Rule? traces the ambitious imperial reform that empowered new and competing political actors in an era of intense imperial competition, war, and the breakdown of the Spanish empire. Through the deep analysis of Spain and Peru in the wider Atlantic context, it examines the challenges the lettered faced when they tried to build new social orders after years of war, which granted the military unprecedented power.