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And Yet, We Were Modern. The Paradoxes of Iberian Science After the Grand Narratives (2017)


In this article, we try to explain the origin of a disagreement; the sort that often arises when the subject is the history of early modern Spanish science. In the decades between 1970 and 1990, while some historians were trying to include Spain in the grand narrative of the rise of modern science, the very historical category of the Scientific Revolution was beginning to be dismantled. It could be said that Spaniards were boarding the flagship of modern science right before it sank. To understand this décalage it would be helpful to recall the role of the history of science during the years after the Franco dictatorship and Spain’s transition to democracy. It was a discipline useful for putting behind us the Black Legend and Spanish exceptionalism.

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Authors & Contributors
Eamon, William C.
Sánchez, Antonio
Abellán, José Luis
Ferraz, Antonio
Samsó, Julio
Nieto-Galan, Agustí
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
History of Science
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
History of science, as a discipline
National histories
Western world, civilization and culture
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Revolutions in science
Betancourt y Molina, Agustín de
Ramón y Cajal, Santiago
Time Periods
Early modern
19th century
20th century
17th century
20th century, late
Atlantic world
Atlantic Ocean

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