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Historia Constitucional 2012, 13

Autor: Susanna Rabow-Edling



Historia Constitucional E-ISSN: 1576-4729 Universidad de Oviedo España Rabow-Edling, Susanna THE DECEMBRIST MOVEMENT AND THE SPANISH CONSTITUTION OF 1812 Historia Constitucional, núm.
13, septiembre, 2012, pp.
143-161 Universidad de Oviedo Oviedo, España Available in: How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative THE DECEMBRIST MOVEMENT AND THE SPANISH CONSTITUTION OF 1812 Susanna Rabow-Edling Uppsala University Abstract: This paper studies the impact of the Spanish constitution of 1812 on Russian liberals in general and on the Decembrist movement specifically.
It concludes that the constitution mainly exerted influence on the Decembrists by confirming their belief that liberty and constitutions were expressions of -the spirit of the time.- It proved to them that liberal reforms were possible in Russia as well. Key Words: Russian liberalism, Decembrist movement, Spanish constitution of 1812, post-Napoleonic revolutions I During the last decade accounts of Russian history have been dominated by a propensity to emphasize autocratic tendencies.
Thus, Russia has been portrayed as a country that is, always has been, and always will be autocratic.
This might be a convenient explanation for the state of contemporary Russia, but it is not true. Nowadays, when Russian liberals are fighting for their existence, it is especially important to remember that Russia also has a liberal tradition.
This tradition was particularly potent during the first and third quarters of the nineteenth century, which was also a period in Russian history when the ties to Western Europe were exceptionally strong.
Therefore, we should not, as have often been done, overemphas...

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