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This book investigates the strategies of state formation formulated by Castilian republics from the late medieval period to the first global age. It focuses on the major executive and judicial institutions during the first three decades of the sixteenth century, which were critical for the globalization of Hispanic civilization as a trajectory of the municipal franchise?a franchise that was loyal to the monarchy as long as the king supported programs of local autonomy and judicial accountability. Overall, the book covers two themes: the constitutional elements of the early modern Spanish state and the political development of the Castilian commonwealth as a decentralized empire of autonomous municipalities interconnected by platforms of judicial management and executive competency.

Keywords: Castilian commonwealth; sixteenth century; Spanish system

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