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Raising an Empire

Children in Early Modern Iberia and Colonial Latin America

Ondina E. Gonzalez (author) Bianca Premo (editor)
Lyman L. Johnson (series editor)

ISBN: 9780826334411

Publication Date: Aug 2007

Format: Paperback

Takes you on a journey into the world of children and childhood in early modern Ibero-America. This book challenges the conventional notion that children are invisible in the historical record. It contains essays that present their small subjects - elite maidens, abandoned babies, Indian servants, slave apprentices - through their lives and times.
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From the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, Spain and Portugal raised and nurtured vast American empires, both metaphorically and literally. From the very beginning, conquerors and settler elites engaged in colonial enterprises as they considered the New World through traditional Iberian ideas about childhood and as they established institutions for educating youths, sheltering infants, and extracting labor from children. Inevitably, Iberian concepts of childhood were transformed by everyday confrontations with the practices and norms of indigenous, African, and mixed-race inhabitants, and as new generations of truly colonial children were born. "Raising an Empire" takes readers on a journey into the world of children and childhood in early modern Ibero-America. Its contributors enter a vibrant new field of study in the region and challenge the conventional notion that children are invisible in the historical record. Employing diverse methods to decode a wide variety of sources, these essays present their small subjects - elite maidens, abandoned babies, Indian servants, slave apprentices - through their lives and times.
Illustrations 9 halftones
Pages 280
Date Published 30 Aug 2007
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Series Dialogos Series
Subject/s Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900   History of the Americas   Social & cultural history   Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700   Age groups  
Ondina E. Gonzalez is an independent scholar who has written on abandoned children in colonial Havana and the history of Christianity in Latin America. Bianca Premo is associate professor of Latin American history at Florida International University.

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