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Author: Nicholas A. Robins

Title: Of Love & Loathing

Subtitle: Marital Life, Strife, and Intimacy in the Colonial Andes, 1750-1825

Place: Lincoln, NE and London

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Year: 2015

Pages: 312pp.

ISBN-13: 9780803277199 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780803284500 (EPUB) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780803284517 (mobi) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780803284524 (PDF) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century, 19th Century | American History: Bolivian History



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Author: Nicholas A. Robins, Department of History, North Carolina State University


  Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  1. "Crimes of Sensuality": Morality versus Affinity (p. 19)
  2. The "Owner of Her Will": Pragmática and Patriarchy (p. 55)
  3. "Without Excuse nor Reply": Moral Imperatives (p. 101)
  4. The "Executioner of My Innocence": Domestic Violence and Rape (p. 119)
  5. "The Most Bitter Life One Can Conceive": Dilatory Divorces (p. 147)
  Conclusion (p. 173)
  Notes (p. 187)
  Glossary (p. 225)
  Bibliography (p. 229)
  Index (p. 269)


»Policies concerning marriage, morality, and intimacy were central to the efforts of the Spanish monarchy to maintain social control in colonial Charcas. The Bourbon Crown depended on the patriarchal, caste-based social system on which its colonial enterprise was built to maintain control over a vast region that today encompasses Bolivia and parts of Peru, Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina. Intimacy became a fulcrum of social control contested by individuals, families, the state, and the Catholic Church, and deeply personal emotions and experiences were unwillingly transformed into social, political, and moral challenges.
In Of Love and Loathing, Nicholas A. Robins examines the application of late-colonial Bourbon policies concerning marriage, morality, and intimacy. Robins examines how such policies and the means by which they were enforced highlight the moral, racial, and patriarchal ideals of the time, and, more important, the degree to which the policies were evaded. Not only did free unions, illegitimate children, and de facto divorces abound, but women also had significantly more agency regarding resources, relationships, and movement than has previously been recognized. A surprising image of society emerges from Robins’s analysis, one with considerably more moral latitude than can be found from the perspectives of religious doctrine and regal edicts.« (Source: University of Nebraska Press)

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