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Populism: What Next?

Populism: What Next?

By Anthony Pereira (King’s College London) Democracy is in trouble.  According to the Democracy Matrix, a research project based at the University of Würzburg in Germany, the number of robust (or what they call working) democracies in the world has decreased since...

Beyond the Printed Book; Handwritten Materials in the Service of Elites in Colonial Lima and Santa Fe de Bogotá

Beyond the Printed Book; Handwritten Materials in the Service of Elites in Colonial Lima and Santa Fe de Bogotá

Colonial elites in Lima and Santa Fe de Bogotá, during 1700-1750, employed their handwriting skills to enhance their social status. The traditional view has been that elites in Spanish America improved their social position mainly through land ownership, marriage, roles in the colonial administration, and noble titles. However, the handwritten practices of the colonial elite can reveal another part of the story that has been overlooked hitherto.

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