By the Grace of God: Francoist Spain and the Sacred Roots of by William R. Viestenz

By William R. Viestenz

Though neither king nor priest, Spanish dictator Francisco Franco however conceptualized his correct to sovereignty round a political theology within which nationwide identification resembled a sacred cult. utilizing Franco’s Spain and la España sagrada as a counterpoint to ecu secularity’s personal improvement, By the Grace of God is the 1st sustained research inside Spanish cultural experiences of the sacred as a political classification and a device for political organization.

William Viestenz indicates how imagining nationwide identification as a sacred absolute inside of a pluralistic, multicultural nation results in dictatorship, scapegoating, and unparalleled violence. utilizing novels and poetry from the Catalan literary culture and stalwarts of the Castilian canon, his research demonstrates that the sacred is an idea that spills over into key parts of secular political imagination.

By the Grace of God deals an unique concept of the sacred that demanding situations our figuring out of twentieth-century political thought.

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