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Executive Reform, Hispanicization, And Early Modern State Formation

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This chapter describes the development of a large Spanish constituency of statesmen, bureaucrats, officers, judges, and servants of the crown. It provides an overview of the itinerant executive that followed Charles and his own court during the seven-year period of residency in Spain. The chapter then reveals how Charles not only accommodated Spanish subjects but also cultivated his multicultural inheritance by securing the political careers of non-Spanish servants and Habsburg vassals. It shows how Charles?who himself had established the unity of the Spanish realm after a period of great discord?incorporated Aragonese subjects and reformed the appellate courts of Aragon. The chapter considers the Castilian institutions which contributed to the restoration of institutional coherence under the king. Charles divided the consejos or councils into distinct competencies. Finally, it examines departments and staffs of Empress Isabel.

Keywords: Charles V; executive reform; hispanicization; Spain; state formation



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