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(Spanish: [is.pa.niˈðað], "Hispanicity") is an expression with several meanings, loosely alluding to the group of people, countries and communities sharing the Spanish language
Spanish language
and displaying a Spanish-related culture. The term traces back to the early modern period but was redefined by Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno in 1909. The term "Hispanity" is a term that regards to a multicultural community of countries of the Spanish Empire. According to the philosopher and writer Julían Marías, the Spanish American territories were not only colonies but also extensions of Spain that mixed with the native American peoples, with whom Europeans intermarried, creating a multicultural society.[1]


1 Early use 2 Revival 3 Francoist Spain 4 Mexico 5 Spanish exiles 6 Argentina 7 Other countries 8 References 9 Sources

Early use[edit] The term has been used in the early modern period and is in the Tractado de orthographía y accentos en las tres lenguas principales by Alejo Venegas, printed in 1531, to mean "style of linguistic expression". It was used, with a similar meaning, in the 1803 edition of the Dictionary of the Spanish Royal Academy
Spanish Royal Academy
as a synonym of Hispanismo (Hispanism), which, in turn, was defined as "the peculiar speech of the Spanish language".[2] Revival[edit] In the early 20th century, the term and the were revived, with several new meanings. Its reintroduction is attributed to Unamuno in 1909, who used the term again on 11 March 1910, in an article, La Argentinidad, published in a newspaper in Argentina, La Nación. He compared the term to other similar expressions: argentinidad, americanidad, españolidad and italianidad.[2][3] Unamuno linked the concept to the multiplicity of peoples speaking the Spanish language, which encompassed in turn his idea of La Raza, gave it an egalitarian substrate and questioned the very status of motherland for Spain; he claimed the need of approaching Spanish American republics in terms of sisterhood (opposing "primacies" and "maternities").[4]

The priest Zacarías de Vizcarra spread the term en 1926

Further development of the concept had to wait for the 1920s, when a group of intellectuals was influenced by the ideas of ultranationalist French thinker Charles Maurras
Charles Maurras
and rescued the term.[5] As a precedent, the Spanish writer José María Salaverría, who lived in Argentina
between 1910 and 1913, would have implicitly the idea of an Hispanic community, comparable to Hispanidad, but the leading status of Spain in the community is however a moot point in his work.[6] The term was used by Spanish priest Zacarías de Vizcarra, who was living in Buenos Aires.[7] He proposed in 1926 that the expression Fiesta de la Raza should be changed to Fiesta de la Hispanidad.[8] During the reign of King Alfonso XIII
Alfonso XIII
of Spain, the Virgin of Guadaloupe was proclaimed "Queen of the Hispanidad" in Spain.[9] In the later years of the decade, vanguard writer Ernesto Giménez Caballero began to elaborate a neo-imperialist narrative of the Hispanidad
in La Gaceta Literaria (es).[10] The doctrine of Hispanidad
would also become a core tenet of the reactionary thought in Spain in the coming years.[11]

Cover of the first edition of Defensa de la Hispanidad
(1934), by Ramiro de Maeztu.

During the Second Spanish Republic, Spanish monarchist author Ramiro de Maeztu, who had been the ambassador to Argentina
between 1928 and 1930,[12] considered the concept of Hispanidad, motivated by the interests aroused on him by Argentine-related topics,[13] and the meetings between him and the attendants to the courses of Catholic culture as nationalist, Catholic and anti-liberal.[14] Maeztu explained his doctrine of Hispanidad
in his work Defensa de la Hispanidad
(1934); he thought it was a spiritual world that united Spain and its former colonies by the Spanish language
Spanish language
and Catholicism.[15] He attributed the concept to Vizcarra, instead of Unamuno.[16] In the Hispanidad
of Maeztu, the Christian and humanist features that would identify Hispanic peoples would replace rationalism, liberalism and democracy, which he called alien to the Hispanic ethos.[17] His work "relentlessly" linked Catholicism and Hispanidad
and was highly influential with Argentine nationalists[18] and the Spanish far right, including Francoism.[19] Although declaredly antiracist because of its Catholic origin, the sense of racial egalitarianism in the Maeztu's idea of the Hispanidad
was restricted to the scope of heavenly salvation.[20]

Primate Gomá defended the ideas of Vizcarra and Maeztu.[21]

Spanish Primate Isidro Gomá y Tomás issued in Argentina, on 12 October 1934, a Maeztu-inspired manifesto, Apology of the Hispanidad:

"America is the work of Spain. This work by Spain is essentially of Catholic nature. Hence, there is a relation of equality between Hispanidad
and Catholicism, and it is madness any attempt of Hispanidad
disowing that relation".

"América es la obra de España. Esta obra de España lo es esencialmente de catolicismo. Luego hay relación de igualdad entre hispanidad y catolicismo, y es locura todo intento de hispanización que lo repudie."[22] — Isidro Gomá, fragment of «Apología de la Hispanidad» (Buenos Aires, 1934), collected in Acción Española
Acción Española
(1 November 1934).

According to Stephen G. H. Roberts, Gomá linked the ideas of Maeztu and the ideology that was developed by the dictatorship of Franco.[23] Francoist Spain[edit] That narrative was heavily featured in Nationalist propaganda during the Spanish Civil War,[24] being used as war tool.[25] Spanish philosopher and Francoist propagandist Manuel García Morente (es) would made Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
the saviour of the legacy of the Hispanidad
from an "invisible army" that was sent by the Communist International
Communist International
of Moscow.[26] García Morente would synthetize the essence of Hispanidad
in the archaistic ideal of "Christian knight", half-monk and half-soldier;[27] that figure was used in the pages of student books during the beginning of the Francoist dictatorship.[28] After the Spanish Civil War, the Our Lady of the Pillar
Our Lady of the Pillar
became a symbol of Hispanidad
in Spain and was linked to the National Catholicism of the Franco´s regime to the ideas of patriotism and "Hispanic essences".[29] Franco created the Council of the Hispanidad (es) on 2 November 1940.[30] It was thought at first to be a sort of supranational institution,[31] and it ended up being a council of 74 members, charged with the task of coordinating the relations with Latin America.[32] The Hispanidad
became the source of an expansive nationalism (first imperialist and then cultural).[33] Besides its character both as national identitary element and as stalwart of Catholicism, Francoism
would use the Hispanidad
in international relations.[34] The Council of the Hispanidad
would become the Institute of Hispanic Culture (es) in 1946 and change from a more Falangist
profile to a more Catholic one.[35] That happened within a framework of a general change in the doctrine of the Hispanidad
between 1945 and 1947, with Alberto Martín-Artajo
Alberto Martín-Artajo
at the helm of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The message then became more defensive and less aggressive, with fewer mentions of "empire" and "race" (biological).[36] Afterwards, later in the Francoist dictatorship, the regime, then less constrained by the international community, recovered more aggressive rhetorics, but it failed to reach the full extent of when Ramón Serrano Suñer was Minister of Foreign Affairs.[37] In 1958, the Day of the Race was renamed to Day of the Hispanidad
in Spain.[38] Mexico[edit] Already in the 1930s, conservative Mexican writer Alfonso Junco (es) had become an active propagandist of the Hispanidad.[39] One of the key parts of the ideology of "Panista" Mexican politician Efraín González Luna (es), who strongly supported miscegenation, was the Hispanidad, which he conceived in terms of a united community of sovereign states that defended their own values from foreign threats like communism.[40] Other opponents of post-revolutionary Mexico, who spread the doctrine of the Hispanidad were Miguel Palomar y Vizcarra (es), Jesús Guisa y Azevedo (es), Salvador Abascal and Salvador Borrego.[41] The National Synarchist Union
National Synarchist Union
saw in the Hispanidad
a key component of the vitality of the Mexican nation.[42] Spanish exiles[edit] The idea of Hispanidad
was also featured with new meanings in authors of the Spanish Republic in exile, such as Fernando de los Ríos (es), Joaquín Xirau, Eduardo Nicol and Américo Castro.[43] Salvador de Madariaga, also exiled, defended the Hispanidad
as a positive factor towards cultural ontogeny; he believed its miscegenation was much better than the Anglo-Saxon example.[44] Argentina[edit] In Argentina, one of the few countries with good relations with Francoist Spain after the end of World War II, President Juan Domingo Perón defended the concept of Hispanidad
by highlighting the Hispanic roots of Argentina. However, Peronism
began to detach itself from the idea from 1950 to 1954 period to replace it with Latinidad (Latinity).[45] Other countries[edit] In Colombia, Eduardo Carranza (es) used the idea of Hispanidad
in his work.[46] In Chile, Jaime Eyzaguirre
Jaime Eyzaguirre
would do the same.[47] References[edit]

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Buenos Aires
(1901–1914). Salamanca: University of Salamanca. p. 24. ISBN 847481880X.  ^ Rabaté, Jean-Claude (2005). Ana Chaguaceda Toledano, ed. "Miguel de Unamuno frente a las conmemoraciones del 12 de octubre". Miguel de Unamuno. Estudios sobre su obra. Salamanca: University of Salamanca. II: 247. ISBN 8478006834.  ^ Colom González 2013, p. 9. ^ González Allende 2009, pp. 65–67. ^ Ramón Solans 2014, p. 364 «Zacarías de Vizcaya» [sic] ^ González Cuevas 2003, p. 244; Marcilhacy 2014, p. 75. ^ Pastor 2010, p. 259. ^ Friedman 2011, pp. 38–39. ^ Juan Navarro 2006, p. 392. ^ Núñez Seixas 2013, p. 870. ^ Martínez de Velasco Farinós 1981, p. 180. ^ González Calleja 2007, p. 612. ^ Perfecto 2012, p. 65. ^ González Cuevas 2003, p. 244. ^ González Calleja 2007, p. 619. ^ Saborido 2007, pp. 425–426. ^ Rodríguez Jiménez 1994, p. 45. ^ Álvarez Chillida 2014, pp. 111–112. ^ Martini 2015, p. 58. ^ Roberts 2004, p. 62; Colom González 2006, p. 64. ^ Roberts 2004, p. 62. ^ Pasamar 2010, p. 197. ^ Pardo Sanz 1992, p. 211. ^ Nicolás Marín 1998, pp. 39–40. ^ Colom González 2006, p. 66. ^ Núñez Seixas 2006, p. 205. ^ Cenarro 1997, pp. 92, 97 y 98. ^ Payne 1987, p. 360; Barbeito 1989, p. 117. ^ Barbeito 1989, p. 118. ^ Payne 1987, p. 360. ^ Marcilhacy 2014, p. 101. ^ Calle Velasco 2004, p. 170. ^ Fernández de Miguel 2012, p. 360. ^ Sepúlveda Muñoz 2005, p. 174. ^ Sepúlveda Muñoz 2005, pp. 174–175. ^ Marcilhacy 2014, p. 100. ^ Urías Horcasitas 2010b, p. 615. ^ Gómez Peralta 2010, p. 172. ^ Urías Horcasitas 2010a, p. 196. ^ Ard 2003, p. 44. ^ Sánchez Cuervo 2014, pp. 17, 25 y 30. ^ Rojas Mix 1997, p. 187. ^ Rein 1991. ^ Carranza 2006, pp. 6–7. ^ Campos Harriet 1983, p. 49.


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