Publications of Christoph Rosenmüller

Patrons, Partisans, and Palace Intrigues: The Court Society of Colonial Mexico, 1702–1710. Latin American and Caribbean Series, No. 6. Christon Archer, series editor. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2008.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“’Decayed by…Ambition:’ Corruption, Justice, and Patronage in Imperial New Spain and Spain, ca. 1650–1755.” Hispanic American Historical Review, forthcoming.

“’El grave delito de…corrupcion.’ La visita de la audiencia de México (1715–1727) y las repercusiones internas de Utrecht [‘The Serious Crime of…Corruption.’ The visita of the Audiencia of Mexico (1715-27), and the Internal Repercussions of Utrecht].”In Resonancias imperiales: América y la Paz de Utrecht de 1713 [Imperial Resonance: The Americas and the Treaty of Utrecht, 1713], edited by Matilde Souto with the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Mora Institute. Forthcoming 2015.

“’The Indians…long for change:’ The Secularization of Regular Parishes in New Spain, 1749–1755.” In Early Bourbon Spanish America. Politics and Society in a Forgotten Era. Edited by Ainara Vázquez Varela and Francisco A. Eissa-Barroso. 143–164. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013.

“The Power of Transatlantic Ties: A Game-Theoretical Analysis of Mexico’s Social Networks, 1700–1755.” Latin American Research Review. 44:2 (2009): 8–36.

“Friends, Followers, Countrymen: Viceregal Patronage in Mid-Eighteenth Century New Spain.” Estudios de Historia Novohispana (Mexico City). 34 (2006): 47–72.

“Assayers and Silver Merchants: The visita of 1729/1730 and the Reform of Mexican Coinage.” The American Journal of Numismatics. Second Series 16–17 (2005): 179–193.

Other Articles:
“La Sociedad Cortesana y los Precursores de las Reformas Borbónicas, 1700–1755: Estudio Preliminar” (A Preliminary Study on the Court Society and the Precursors of the Bourbon Reforms, 1700–1755). XIV Congreso Internacional de AHILA, Castellón, Spain, 20–24 Septiembre 2006 (Proceedings of the XIV Congress of the Association of European Historians of Latin America). Panel 1: Los Borbones en las rocas: la construcción y el naufragio de las reformas borbónicas, edited by Manuel Chust and Ivana Frasquet Miguel, 1–8. Madrid: Fundación Mapfre, 2008.

“The Struggle for Mexico, 1700-1755: A Game-Theoretical Analysis of Transatlantic Social Networks.” Working Paper No. 07-04, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, 2007. 1-25.

Books in Progress:
From the Innate to the Performative. Justice, Corruption, and Legal Pluralism in Imperial New Spain and Spain, ca. 1650–1755. This book draws on research in eight languages.

Entre Codicia y Honradez: Corrupción en América Latina. Co-edited with Dr. Stephan Ruderer, Universität Münster. To be published with Vervuert Iberoamericana, Germany/ Madrid, pending the peer review.

Local Custom or Crime? Infamy in the Spanish Empire. To be published with The University of New Mexico Press pending the peer review.

Articles in Progress:
“Mexico in the Spanish Oceanic Empire.” To be published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Latin America, edited by William Beezley, pending the peer review.

A short bio:

Christoph Rosenmüller studied history, Spanish, and law at the Universities of Hamburg, Germany, and Bielefeld, Germany, as well as the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and he received his M.A. degree in history from the University of Hamburg. In 2003 he obtained the doctorate in Latin American history from Tulane University, New Orleans. After teaching for one year at Brooklyn College, he joined the history department of Middle Tennessee State University in 2003, where he is now a professor of Latin American History.

In 2014/15, he was on a Fulbright García-Robles Fellowship in Mexico City, where he was associated as a visiting researcher with the Colegio de México. In the fall, he will be on a DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship at the University of Münster, Germany, to collaborate on a project on Atlantic corruption.

He currently has an article forthcoming in the Hispanic American Historical Review.  In 2008 he published a book on the viceregal court titled Patrons, Partisans, and Palace Intrigues, and he published articles in various journals, among them the Estudios de Historia Novohispana, and the Latin American Research Review.

He is currently focusing on discourses and practices of corruption in the early modern Atlantic World with an emphasis on imperial Mexico or New Spain. His work draws on scholarship and primary sources in nine languages. Traditional elites in the Spanish Empire held that commoners were “corrupted by ambition & avarice & shamed by their blood (ambitione & avaritia corruptis & sanguine infamibus).” In this view, the lack of a social pedigree presaged corrupt acts in justice in this view. In the period from roughly 1675 to 1755 the early modern state negotiated with social newcomers including subaltern groups such as Indians to downplay social origin and to emphasize good conduct in office in accord with royal laws. The idea of corruption expanded beyond the judiciary, and shifted shifting from one based on the innate tendencies of the judge to a performative concept of compliance.

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