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Cánovas del Castillo, Antonio

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405189224.2011.x


(1828–97), Prime Minister of spain (1875–81, 1884–5, 1890–2, 1895–7). As a conservative, he was largely responsible for the introduction of the so-called “Restoration system” as a means of preventing revolutionary upheavals and military coups. This involved the alternation in power of the two major parties – the Conservatives and Liberals – who had accepted the reestablishment of monarchy in 1875. The system – known also as the turno pacífico - led to stability, but was based on extensive corruption. Cánovas was assassinated by an anarchist. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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