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Corruption and Justice in Colonial Mexico, 1650-1755

By Christoph Rosenmuller



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Corruption is one of the most prominent issues in Latin American news cycles, with charges deciding the recent elections in Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala. Despite the urgency of the matter, few recent historical studies on the topic exist, especially on Mexico. For this reason, Christoph Rosenmuller explores the enigma of historical corruption. By drawing upon thorough archival research and a multi-lingual collection of printed primary sources and secondary literature, Rosenmuller demonstrates how corruption in the past differed markedly from today. Corruption in Mexico's colonial period connoted the obstruction of justice; judges, for example, tortured prisoners to extract cash or accepted bribes to alter judicial verdicts. In addition, the concept evolved over time to include several forms of self-advantage in the bureaucracy. Rosenmuller embeds this important shift from judicial to administrative corruption within the changing Atlantic World, while also providing insightful perspectives from the lower social echelons of colonial Mexico.

Product code: 9781108477116

ISBN 9781108477116
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW157xS24
No. Of Pages 360
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Latin American Studies
This book provides the first detailed analysis of the evolving concept of corruption in colonial Mexico. Drawing on fresh archival material from historical, legal, religious, and political documents, Christoph Rosenmuller explores the enigma of corruption, its meanings, and its temporal differences.