Shaping Images of Identity in the News: The Battle of Cádiz (1625)

by García Beatriz Álvarez

Institution: Leiden University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Spain; England; Seventeenth Century; News; Propaganda; Identities; Public Sphere
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2069351
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/36073


In 1625 an Anglo-Dutch fleet attacked the Spanish port of Cádiz. It was the main campaign of the 1624-1630 war between England and Spain. The event was widely recorded in different genres of Spanish and English news. How did this news contribute to shaping images of the enemy around specific concepts, such as nation and religion? By addressing the construction of the other, the news also contributed to the formation of images of self-identity. While the Spanish news mainly appealed to the Catholic religion, the English news appealed to a sense of Englishness. The battle of Cádiz and the news produced around it opened a public discussion about the responsibility for it. The news reflected the political tensions within both states and these debates contributed to the definition of a public sphere of discussion. Advisors/Committee Members: Fagel, Raymond (advisor), Pattenden, Miles (advisor).