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Imperial Spain 1469 1716

Imperial Spain 1469 1716 review Ù eBook or Kindle ePUB Al power This amazing success however created many powerful enemies and Elliott's famous book charts the dramatic fall of Habsburg Spain with the same elan as it charts the ris. This is a very readable account of Spanish history from the period from the union of Aragon and Castile to the end of the War of Spanish succession The focus is on mainland Spain this is not a history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and though it touches on Spanish involvement in Flanders and the Netherlands and in Italy it does so primarily only insofar as this involvement affected metropolitan SpainThe book covers the rise of Spain as an imperial power and its catastrophic decline All the main aspects of history are discussed political constitutional military economic demographic religious social ethnic and cultural In style it is magisterial in a way which may seem a little old fashioned today it is none the worse for that it was first published in 1963 and the slightly revised paperback edition I have read dates from 1970 There are hugely enjoyable pithy sentences that would have been worthy of Edward Gibbon who wrote The Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireI am sure that recent research would have led J H Elliott to modify some of the detail but that the basic story would be largely unchanged of a Spain which had ambitions beyond its resources which proved unable to tackle its constitutional problems and bring together the different regions of the country of intellectual and commercial stagnation of a lack of the vision to change in the way needed for a changing Europe of agricultural collapse of a social fossilisation which prevented the emergence of an economically energetic middle class of a Roman Catholic Church which was freuently stifling in its influence and which fostered an intolerant bigotry that badly damaged the countryOne major theme running through the book is the problematic relationship between a self important Castile and the other regions of Spain including Catalonia The failure to find solutions for this relationship played a big role in Spain s decline and is an important part of the historical background to contemporary issues surrounding Catalonia s position in Spain History can cast a long arm forward in time If you want to understand why the status of Catalonia is such a vexed uestion today you should read this book

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Imperial Spain 1469 1716 review Ù eBook or Kindle ePUB Ge of Ferdinand Isabella the final expulsion of the Moslems and the discovery of America Spain took on a seemingly unstoppable dynamism that made it into the world's first glob. A decent overview of Spain under the Hapsburgs and the lead up to it Spain under Ferdinand and Isabella It touches on political structure economic tendencies and religious currents and pays special attention to the push pull tension between uniting Spain and other Hapsburg dominions into a unified whole and preserving the rights and customs of each region It reads pretty well overall but probably could have used a bit of a heavier emphasis on the political narrative and possibly a bit detail for Spain s apparently perpetual financial woes I m not much of an economist and I was feeling a bit lost on occasion The persistent emphasis on nationalism seemed a little overplayed to me as well though I don t know all that much about SpainIt s also vaguely racist at times Elliott seems to be a huge fan of the conuistadors and at one point in the second chapter he suggests that they were able to conuer the Americas because they had a larger zest for life than the native people I m honestly not sure where he s getting that from unless it was a vague way to imply that it s hard to be zesty when you re being ravaged by smallpox

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Imperial Spain 1469 1716 review Ù eBook or Kindle ePUB The story of Spain's rise to greatness from its humble beginnings as one of the poorest and most marginal of European countries is a remarkable and dramatic one With the marria. The lack of natural advantages appears crippling Yet in the last years of the fifteenth century and the opening years of the sixteenth it seemed suddenly and even miraculously to have been overcome Spain for so long a mere geographical expression was somehow transformed into an historical fact How does this same society lose its impetus and its dynamism perhaps in as short a period of time a it took to acuire them Has something vital really been lost or was the original achievement itself no than an enga o an illusion as seventeenth century Spaniards began to believeIn some ways this book was exactly what I was looking for JH Elliot sets out to specifically answer a uestion about which I have long pondered How is it that Spain rose to be one of the dominant and richest powers of Europe and then lost that position never to get it back I have read other books which alluded to the uestion but did not directly respond to it The history begins with the first steps toward unification sort of of the two kingdoms of Aragon and Castille with the marriage of the two heirs sort of to the respective thrones Ferdinand and Isabella This marriage and what followed was really the beginning of what was to become the Spanish Empire As every girl and boy learns Isabella helped to pay for the first voyage of discovery of Columbus What is notable here is that Isabella did this in her role of ueen of Castille That is she was still ueen of Castille while Ferdinand was King of Aragon which was made up of Aragon Catalonia and Valencia The union itself was purely dynastic a union not of two peoples but of two royal houses Other than the fact that henceforth Castile and Aragon would share the same monarchs there would in theory be no change either in their status or in the form of their governmentThis fact and the fact that each of the four regions had its own constitutional arrangements made governing taxing and administering very difficult These issues were to remain with the various monarchs during the coming centuries Jealousies between the regions and their varied economies and histories plagued the attempts of successive rulers during war and peace good times and bad The book then follows the success reigns of Carlos I Carlos V of Holy Roman Empire Felipe II Felipe III Felipe IV Carlos II and Filipe V through their ups and downs their politics their financial circumstances and their international situations wars Elliot does a very good job of laying out the history and analyzing it for his stated goals and I am basically satisfied with my reading Only problems with the book lay in the fact that although the book was partially revised in 2003 it remains largely a book researched and written in the 1950s and 1960s It was first published in 1963 At times I felt that I was dealing with the prejudices and methods of the 1950s Historiography has moved on although perhaps no always for its betterment There remain some uestions for me on my stated goal of reading the book but in general it is a good well written academic history

  • Paperback
  • 448
  • Imperial Spain 1469 1716
  • J.H. Elliott
  • English
  • 05 November 2020
  • 9780141007038