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The Spanish were not in Italy by accident, but design. The key political reality of Spanish imperial domination in Italy formal, informal, and more neutral or independent, introduces the investigation into the methods and mechanisms of control and collaboration, cooperation and cooptation, assimilation and resistance. This is the introduction chapter of the book, which focuses on the Spanish kingdoms in Italy and summarizes the history of Spanish rule and the structure of Spanish administration within the particular jurisdictional tradition of each state. It emphasizes the deep influence of Spanish culture on Sardinian society and culture. It illustrates a number of points that are central to the theme of Spain in Italy and the relationship between the various Italian states. It emphasizes the patronage and participation of native Sicilians, Sardinians, Neapolitans, and Milanese in Spanish government in their respective states; and explores some of these familial connections.

Keywords: Italy; Neapolitans; Sardinian society; Sardinians; Sicilians; Spanish administration; Spanish culture; Spanish government; Spanish kingdoms



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