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Empire : how Spain became a world power, 1492-1763

Author: Henry Kamen
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"How did a barren, thinly populated country, somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe, establish itself as the world's first superpower? Henry Kamen's impressive new book offers a fresh and highly original answer. Empire is a global survey of the two and a half centuries, from the late fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth, in which the Spaniards established the most extensive empire the world had ever known, ranging  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Kamen
ISBN: 0060194766 9780060194765 9780060932640 0060932643
OCLC Number: 51782952
Notes: Originally published: Spain's road to empire. London : Penguin, 2002.
Description: xxviii, 608 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Foundations --
The early western empire --
A new world --
Creating a world power --
The Pearl of the Orient --
The frontier --
The business of world power --
Identities and the civilizing mission --
Shoring up the empire (1630-1700) --
Under new management --
Conclusion : the silence of Pizarro.
Other Titles: Spain's road to empire
Responsibility: Henry Kamen.
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"How did a barren, thinly populated country, somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe, establish itself as the world's first superpower? Henry Kamen's impressive new book offers a fresh and highly original answer. Empire is a global survey of the two and a half centuries, from the late fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth, in which the Spaniards established the most extensive empire the world had ever known, ranging from Naples and the Netherlands to the Philippines. Unlike previous accounts, which have presented the empire as a direct consequence of Spanish power, this provocative work of history emphasizes the inability of Spain to run an imperial enterprise by itself. The role of conquest was deceptive. Spain's rise to power was actually made possible by the collaboration of international business interests, including Italian financiers, German technicians and Dutch traders, in the task of setting up networks of contact ranging across the oceans. At the height of its apparent power, the Spanish empire was in reality a global enterprise in which non-Spaniards-Portuguese, Basque, Aztec, Genoese, Chinese, Flemish, West African, Incan and Neapolitan-played an essential role. It is this vast diversity of resources and people, which included many of its greatest adventurers and soldiers, that made Spain's power so overwhelming. There is no better account in English of this time. Henry Kamen's book provides a highly relevant analysis of the origins and nature of imperial power, and of global economic activity. Challenging, persuasive and unique in its thesis, Empire explores Spain's complex impact on world history with admirable clarity and intelligence."--Jacket.

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