Scholars of late colonial Mexico have been familiar with the Representación del Cabildo de México de 1771 for quite a long time. The pamphlet was considered by David Brading in his Origins of Mexican Nationalism (1973) to be one of the foundational texts of Mexican national consciousness, and it is certainly one of the most significant political texts of Bourbon Mexico. However, we are still far from knowing everything about the context in which it was written, its author, or its ideological implications. This neatly printed facsimile edition prepared and prefaced by Salvador Bernabéu Albert has two merits. First, it compares the Mexican (CONDUMEX, Mexico City) and Spanish (Biblioteca del Palacio Real and Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid) manuscripts. Second, it comes with an introductory study focusing on the relationship between power and discourse in the late colonial period after a careful analysis of the...

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