Making oeconomic people: The Spanish Magazine of Agriculture and Arts for Parish Rectors (1797–1808)

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Abstract

This essay focuses on a failed venture, a weekly magazine for instructing parish-priests on oeconomy distributed in the Spain and its colonies at the turn of the nineteenth century. Using the extended network of parish priests, reformers planned to educate the whole population of Spain and its colonies in oeconomy, which was seen as crucial for the country’s recovery. Through the analysis of the readers’ correspondence, the texts on soap making techniques, the plans of a small village for instructing its inhabitants, and a survey among the peasants of a parish led by a reformist bishop, the essay aims to unravel the complex amalgamation of techniques, political ideology, moral values, and the social stabilizing function that oeconomy played in Spain in the aftermath of the French revolution
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-176
Number of pages8
JournalHistory and Technology
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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