9780060932640

Empire : How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060932640

  • ISBN10:

    0060932643

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/22/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

From the late-fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth century, Spain was the most extensive empire the world had seen, stretching from Naples and the Netherlands to the Philippines. This provocative work of history attributes Spain's rise to power to the collaboration of international business interests, including Italian financiers, German technicians, and Dutch traders. At the height of its power, the Spanish Empire was a global enterprise in which non-Spaniards -- Portuguese, Basque, Aztec, Genoese, Chinese, Flemish, West African, Incan, and Neapolitan -- played an essential role. Challenging, persuasive, and unique in its thesis, Henry Kamen's Empire explores Spain's complex impact on world history with admirable clarity and intelligence.

Author Biography

Henry Kamen is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London and has been Professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in Barcelona for the past ten years. He is also Visiting Professor in the University of Chicago's program in Barcelona

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vi
List of Maps
x
Preface xxi
Foundations
3(46)
The Early Western Empire
49(46)
A New World
95(56)
Creating a World Power
151(46)
The Pearl of the Orient
197(42)
The Frontier
239(46)
The Business of World Power
285(46)
Identities and the Civilizing Mission
331(50)
Shoring Up the Empire (1630--1700)
381(58)
Under New Management
439(48)
Conclusion: The Silence of Pizarro
487(26)
Glossary 513(2)
List of Abbreviations 515(2)
Notes 517(50)
Select Bibliography 567(10)
Index 577

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