New world gold : cultural anxiety and monetary disorder in early modern Spain (Book, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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New world gold : cultural anxiety and monetary disorder in early modern Spain

Author: Elvira Vilches
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The discovery of the New World was initially a cause for celebration. But the vast amounts of gold that Columbus and other explorers claimed from these lands altered Spanish society. The influx of such wealth contributed to the expansion of the Spanish empire, but it also raised doubts and insecurities about the meaning and function of money, the ideals of court and civility, and the structure of commerce and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elvira Vilches
ISBN: 9780226856186 0226856186
OCLC Number: 761517829
Description: xi, 361 s
Contents: Introduction : money, credit, and value --
New world gold --
Selling the Indies : Columbus and the economy of the marvelous --
Gold : a problematic standard --
The new world of money --
Writing about debt --
The Indies, value, and wealth --
Conclusion : a remote and exotic geography.
Responsibility: Elvira Vilches

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Shows that, far from being a stabilizing force, the flow of gold from the Americas created anxieties among Spaniards and shaped a host of distinct behaviors, cultural practices, and intellectual  Read more...

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