By John Dos Passos
In a unique that heavily parallels writer John Dos Passos's personal ideological struggles through the Spanish Civil warfare, protagonist Glenn Spotswood, an American, travels to Spain to struggle at the Republican aspect. There, Spotswood joins the Communist get together to assist identify a extra simply society, yet his idealism quick degrades less than the strain of occasion orthodoxy and hypocrisy.
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Since the end of the Middle Ages, the vagabond was legally condemned in the cities of Castile, England, and France. That is way L. B. Alberti notes that whoever is tied to nothing is esteemed by no one. Having nothing to lose, it matters little if one leaves one's family occupation to assume another. Yet this should never be undertaken by the resident of a city who counts on the esteem of relatives and fellow citizens, for by so doing that person would incur a loss of worth or esteem. I cite this last resounding opinion both because it is Alberti's and because of what it signifies: it permits us to evaluate the strong negative reaction —against the practice of vagabondage, on the one hand, and the change of occupation, on the other—that is contemplated by those people integrated into the social regime of the Baroque.
Dominguez Ortiz studied the alterations and conspiracies in Andalusia; R. Exquerra, in Aragon; J. H. Elliott, in Catalonia; in the concluding essay of my La oposicion politica bajo los Austrias, I brought together a considerable number of references to similar difficulties. I believe that it is a matter of a general phenomenon in the West, although in Spain it was especially serious. From 1580, approximately, in view of the numbers that these subversive movements reach—following, of course, previous movements of the sixteenth century (A.
And, in effect, when one arrives at this level, it means that values, prestige, ranks, authority, and wealth are displaced. It is understood that the FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE BAROQUE 29 coetaneous consciousness of these phenomena contemplates them and probably deems them of a greater magnitude and gravity, much greater in fact than they could have had. If in the seventeenth century it was a matter of hardening and strengthening the means serving to hold up the monarchico-seigniorial order, and, on the other hand, if bitter manifestations of nonconformity with this order take place (manifestations going from the anti-ecclesiastical and political satire to marauding and riots, from lampoons, leaflets, chapbooks, public conversations of protest, to insubordination, revolt, subversion, revolution), we can well derive such reactions from this broad crisis situation, if this persisting "residual feeling of crisis" means that the economic calamities —accompanied on this occasion by military disasters, political failures, a feeling of "decadence," according to the term that Olivares and the king (the former speaking about the decline of the monarchy) begin to use between 1630 and 163669—become mentally established.
Adventures of a Young Man (District of Columbia, Book 1) by John Dos Passos