Las Instituciones Juridicas en la Conquista de America

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Author: Zavala Vallado, Silvio Arturo (1909-2014)

Year: 1935

Publisher: Relaciones Culturales del Ministerio de Estado

Place: Madrid


347 pages with bibliography. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 3/4") bound in quarter blue leather with five raised spine band with gilt lettering to spine over blue boards. Junta para Ampliacion de Estudios e Investigaciones Cientificas Centro de Estudios Historicos, Seccion Hispanoamericana number I. First edition.

In this work the author intended to study the main ideas and legal institutions that influenced the development of the conquest of America by the Spanish. In the first part of the penetration theory study, he tries to reconstruct the European thought system before the Indian case. The treaties of the authors of the sixteenth century, referring to the legal problem posed by the penetration of the Spanish in the Indies, are studied today for various purposes: to claim the culture of the time; establish the relationship between the law of nations and modern international law; to specify the value of the Indian episode for the history of political ideas in Europe; to examine it as a chapter of the philosophy of natural law or in connection with scholastic thought. But it is not these aspects of Western interest that form the preferred object of the study, but the influence of European theory on the laws of the Spanish Crown dictated to order penetration in the Indies. He studies the difficulties caused by the international situation in Europe at the time of discovery (Christian world versus Muslim and appearance of the third term: American world); the problem created by the moral requirement that conditioned the legal culture of that time (need for titles of absolute value to justify the Spanish-Indian relationship); the complications due to the political and religious rivalries that existed between the European powers, aggravated by the increase of Spanish power; the problems born of the European concept of the Indian (man with reason, freedom, goods and powers); and, finally, the difficulty of reconciling the rights recognized to the natives of America with the interests of penetration.


Hinges, spine ends and raised spine bands rubbed, some pencil marginalia and underlining, corners bumped, previous owner's name on title page, book plate on front paste down else a very good copy.

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