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Unity and disunity in Spain
Unity Disunity
F and I took great care to perfect their political
Love came under strain ­ contrast in character
partnership ­ all recorded decisions were made I ­ uncompromising, devout and chaste
in full agreement even when one was absent. F ­ worldly, flexible…

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authority upon their subjects in order to ensure
peace and obedience.
Both continued appointment of the corregidor, A and C in union not unified. Weaknesses could
operating in both Castile and Aragon. prevent real development EXAMPLE:
Aragonese were poorly represented in the
diplomatic world and C had better resources
such…

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There was no capital, centralised administration or government officials common to each
kingdom (corregidores were not found in Aragon)
Each kingdom retained its own currency
Trade barriers operated within and between the kingdoms
Castile and Aragon each practised different foreign policies according to tradition
Arguments for unity:
Marriage of Isabella…

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among a small number of academics that "Hispania" had once been a single
political unit and that it could be again a view reflected by a number of humanist works
published at the time.
· The development of printing, leading to the increased use of a standard form of
Castilian…

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Isabella's death. Other issues could include different policies in different states vis a vis
Hermandad, corregidores and Moors and in terms of foreign policy. However some balance
is required and students should examine issues of unity such as single currency (the
excelente), the common institution of Inquisition and joint action…

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Netherlands. Luckily for Spain, F decided to make Charles his heir in 1515. So, more by luck than
judgement, Charles became sole ruler of C and A when F died in 1516.

Economic disunity

Coinage ­ there were 3 different coinage systems in operation. Though attempts were made to fix…

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warring states into a great nation with imperial pretensions. With an end to internal fighting and
suspicion, C and A were perceived as the greatest power in Europe by the time of Charles'
accession.

The attitude of the aristocracy ­ The aristocracy of both kingdoms also shared F and I's…

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