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    “Is it useful to deceive the people?” The Debate on Public Information in Spain at the End of the Ancien Régime (1780–1808)


    Calvo Maturana, Antonio (2014) “Is it useful to deceive the people?” The Debate on Public Information in Spain at the End of the Ancien Régime (1780–1808). The Journal of Modern History, 86 (1). pp. 1-46. ISSN 00222801

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    Abstract

    During the eighteenth century, an interesting debate emerged in Spain regarding the advantages and disadvantages of informing the people or keeping them ig- norant of the affairs of state, as well as the question — if choosing the former op- tion — of whether to tell them the truth or manipulate them with lies. Although we may consider this to be a moral or philanthropic concern within the general context of the Enlightenment, for the absolute monarchs and the writers sym- pathetic to them the issue was primarily a question of state. What was the most effective means to govern?

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Debate; Public Information; Spain; Ancien Régime; 1780–1808;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > Spanish
    Item ID: 5460
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1086/674342
    Depositing User: Antonio Calvo Maturana
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2014 10:23
    Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Modern History
    Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
    Refereed: Yes
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