Episode 8 with Charles Nicholas Saenz
When the French invaded Spain in 1808 and imprisoned the royal family, the country was thrown into chaos, with local councils, or juntas, taking governance into their own hands. Charles Nicholas Saenz discusses how these groups sought to establish supremacy, authority and legitimacy in this unprecedented situation. Even as their elite memberships sought to prevent revolution from spreading to Spain, they created new governing structures that could never be erased. They unwittingly brought Spain into the modern period while making the local an indelible force in Spanish political culture.
Charles Nicholas Saenz is Assistant Professor of History at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado where he teaches courses on world civilization, European and Latin American history, and Latino studies. Nick is a specialist in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Spanish political culture. He holds an BA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). During 2009-2010, Nick was a J. William Fulbright Scholar based in Seville, Spain. His research has received additional funding support from the Social Science Research Council, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and the UCSD Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies.
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