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Historia mexicana

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MORENO GUTIERREZ, Rodrigo. Royalists: historiography, semantics and militia. Hist. mex. [online]. 2017, vol.66, n.3, pp.1077-1122. ISSN 2448-6531.

This article analyses, on the one hand, the historiographic construction of the royalists, understood generally as opponents to Hispanic-American independence movements and, in particular, Novohispanic movements. On the other, in line with the study of political languages, it goes over the uses given to the term "royalist" in the Spanish monarchical circle, with special emphasis on the years of the political crisis, and in the context of the conflict brought about by the independence movement in New Spain. Lastly, this research reviews the development of the Novohispanic militia phenomenon in times of the insurgent war, to highlight the implications displayed by the different units, based on their names.

Keywords : royalists; historiography; semantics; militia; New Spain.

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