Obsession and Addiction in Early Modern Spain

Early Modern Spain exhibits a variety of fascinating obsessions and addictions resulting from extreme and rapid political, social, and economic changes. Addiction to sex crimes, to transgendering and tobacco offer some of the most spectacular accounts of the period. The advent of mass culture produced by print technology, tabloid journalism, and public theaters leads to the rise of the "vulgo" which the elite seek to control and condemn. The obsessive focus on money (both for "pícaros" and "indianos") as well as attempts at social engineering by the would-be problem-solving "arbitristas" and inquisitors all make for compelling reading.

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