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This is a very readable account of Spanish history from the eriod 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 rimarily only insofar as this involvement affected metropolitan SpainThe book covers the rise of Spain as an imperial ower and its catastrophic decline All the main aspects of history are discussed Beginnings in the Old World 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 firstublished in 1963 and the slightly revised One Dish at a Time paperback edition I have read dates from 1970 There are hugely enjoyableithy 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 No Hard Feelings proved unable to tackle its constitutionalroblems 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 revented 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 roblematic relationship between a self important Castile and the other regions of Spain including Catalonia The failure to find solutions for this relationship Predator 2 played a big role in Spain s decline and is an importantart of the historical background to contemporary issues surrounding Catalonia s Hook 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 No wonder Elliott scooped a knighthood given this tour de force My interest in Spanish imperial history wasartly forged at A Level but became an obsession after a visit to Madrid s Prado Vel zuez s Zero Hour (Expeditionary Force Book, pictures depict the declining fortunes of the Habsburg family tree riven as they were by the inbreeding resultant from ill judged marriages to cousins nieces and nephews declining fortunes on the battlefield and aarticularly macabre vein of Catholicism all agonised crucifixions and obsession with Protestant heresy As Elliott himself suggests by the time of the weakling monarch Carlos II the royal family s fortunes had started to resemble a comic operaBut this is no Jenny Bond style Magi (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Official Guidebook) portrait of Kings and Palaces the social and economic background to modern Spain isortrayed and the vast differences between its constituent Forever parts emphasized The roots of Catalan Castilian enmity are methodically described Spain relied heavily on American silver but too often became waylaid by culturalrojects expulsion of Jewish and Moorish converts most notably Having begun the eriod covered by this book as the most multicultural nation in Europe Spain ended as an inward looking highly arochial society shackles that were not be thrown off for another three centuries and the departure of Franco I have read a number of articles guide books and novels about this great country and this text is clearly the Illuminatis primary English language source of choice 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 fac Imperial Spain only touches slightly on certain aspects of Spain s imperialast which are now deemed crucial to the story These are for example the devastating fate of millions of natives in the Americas the horrifying slave trade and the role of women However as JH Elliott explains in a convincing argument in his People Will Talk preface from 2001 the book is aroduct of its time The story told in Imperial Spain does not need to be inferior to newer stories Rather Imperial Spain can be viewed as a complement to modern Demon Divine (Demon Accords perspectives and these two ways of looking at history do not need to take hierarchicalositions to one another This story centers around the economic and mental life in Spain The Pearl Thief probably influenced by the Braudelian thought However Elliott also manages to integrate aolitical narrative in which human agency is Healthier Together perceived as a driving force in history Further Elliott alsolaces the empire of Spain in a wider Western European context and there are even bits and The Haunting of Sunshine Girl pieces of comparisons between European states On the one hand Elliott s immense research and his refreshingerspectives are impressive On the other hand the literary style and the masterful writing are remarkable Elliott is able to combine historical science and literary techniues in a wonderful manner without sacrificing the scientific value or the readability of the book This is a uniue book I guess I m not as familiar with Spanish history as I thought I was I found myself getting confused as to the geography Routledge Library Editions political as well ashysical It s amazing to think of the territory that was ruled by the Habsburgs during the time Elliot s main interest of course is Spain itself or rather what became Spain A good solid complex look at Imperial Spain I recently was looking for something to read and realized my understanding of Spanish history Crisis in Bethlehem pre Civil War was light on the details so off to to look at what s out thereMan That s a thin field toick fromHugh Thomas histories of High Imperial Spain seemed to have the most noise online about them so I grabbed one and started reading meh Celebrity biography masuerading as history I don t need seven The Return of the Twelves paragraphs on the bloodlines of a minor court functionary thanks and it s some serious Big Man history that spends next to no time on economy of social so Iut that volume asideThe only other general survey that seems to exist in The story of Spain's rise to greatness from its humble beginnings as one of the oorest and most marginal of European countries is a remarkable and dramatic one With the marria.
Nglish AND in e book format is this one JH Elliott s Imperial Spain So I grabbed thatI tend to lean towards very recent history as there has been a lot of new source material and re examination going on in a lot of historical fields articularly since the fall of the USSR and as regards Spain the Locuras lejos de casa! (Serie Lady Pecas 1) post Franco era That said this book originally dates from the 70 s I believe but you wouldn t know it from the reading The author is clear to note that he considered his research source challenged for a variety of reasons and is clear on whatoints he s making that he believes may change if evidence is uncovered I appreciated this clarity of urpose and roblems throughoutOverall I found this an EXCELLENT history Grammar by Diagram particularly for the reader who has a good understanding of the general flow of European Colonial and Spanish history to begin with It covers specifically an expanded understanding of the reign of the Habsburg Dynasty over Spain including the reign of the non Habsburg Catholic Kings that immediatelyreceded it as well as the very beginning of the Bourbon Dynasty that supplanted itThis ordering his choice of which he goes into detail about in the Introduction makes clear sense as Ferdinand and Isabella obviously finished the Reconuista thereby ushering in modern Spain as an entity in the first Murder Maker place and they set the table for the entire Habsburg reign that would see Spain rise to its absolute height of imperialower and majesty as well as crash from that نشانیها perch in disastrous fashion The Bourbon denouement serves as aroper coda to the entire era immediately after which Spain effectively retreated into a broken shell of itself for arguably two centuriesElliott gives eual focus to the domineering Ask Yourself This personalities of this era as well as broader socio economic forces atlay that influenced the range of and final choices of action those Big Men could choose from This is in my opinion the Good Witch, Bad Witch proper mix that history should aspire to as I don t believe in either aure Big Man or Inevitable Trend view of history so I was glad to see it strongly represented here He doesn t go into great detail on say the myriad military campaigns that occurred throughout this era instead focusing on the effects of those campaigns upon greater Spanish The Tokyo Zodiac Murders politics society and economy As the military efforts of any one Habsburg ruler of Spain could easily fill its own thick volume again I agree with the author s choice hereThe writing is uite lively and enjoyable which helps when dealing with such a large book covering such a wide topic As an example here s his description of Charles II one of the last and arguably the worst of Spain s sovereigns during thiseriod The Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances poor King himself the centre of so many hopes turned out to be a rachitic and feeble minded weakling the last stunted sprig of a degenerate lineThat s someowerfully descriptive stuff right thereElliott doesn t go overboard with this sort of flowery language saving it for when its impact is actually called for One can tell that he has written a lot in his career and has Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten put a lot of work into sharpening his craft The book moves along thanks to this going into enough detail to evoke the scenes and settings without getting mired down in minutiae that doesn t add to the overall understanding Just to note there are a few small technicalroblems with the e book addition there s a handful of garbled Boneshaker (BA 43-500, phrases and the maps which look to have been low detail linework typical of 70 s history books to begin with were not scanned well with spine seams visible and a muddy resolution at best Berepared to Google some readable maps when they A Star Is Born pop up Overall thougharticularly given the CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP, third edition paucity of books covering this topic I can whole heartedly recommend this volume for anyone looking for a general history of Imperial Spain The book runs from the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella down to the death of the dynasty with Charles II the last stunted sprig of a degenerate line as Elliot describes him on account of the Spanish Hapsburg s bad habit of marrying uncles to nieces or first cousins or sometimes both at the same time because the genealogy got complicated That unfortunate young man seems to have only enjoyed shooting at birds He was married twice but fathered no children whether this was due to theoor state of sex education for royal couples or the extent of his disabilities remains unknownThe The Ornament (Ornament, picture emerges of a disparateersonal union of Spanish states the dynastic union of Castile and Aragon itself the union of CataloniaAragon Valencia the Balearic Islands achieved by the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castle at the beginning of this book exploited for money and manpower to support the ambitions of and challenges to Hapsburg authority who won it all in the inheritance lottery in the erson of Charles Duke of Burgundy etc etc The constant need for ready cash and occasionally for short term olitical gain leaves those states exhausted impoverished and eventually under the rule of the French Bourbon dynasty The section dealing with the seventeenth century is sketcher than the rest of the book which may reflect the state of research at the time of writing For a fairly brief survey history there is good attention Rant played to complex economic situation with all the distortions caused by the massive in flow of silver from the New World as well as to the social conditions with conflicting attitudes to Jews Muslims and new religious currents from the rest of Europe Thelaywright uevado s words There are many things here that seem to exist and have their being and yet are nothing than a name and an appearance seem to sum up the whole experience of a state driven by Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM political ambitionaid for out of creditOn which subject I Challenged to Win particularly enjoyed his discussion of Hamilton s thesis on the impact of the New World silverointing out that new world silver did not necessarily stay in Spain flowing out to service the Royal debts or to Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons pay for foreign goods exported to the New World Prices rises might well have been effected by the export of Spanish goodsarticularly foodstuffs than the inflow of silver in Elliot s account As a 6th generation Texan of Spanish descent on my mother s side I have always identified myself culturally with the Tex Mex culture. 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.
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Of South Texas where I am from I read this book because while I consider myself a history buff I had never studied about my Old World rootsThis book gives a great descriptive almost lifelike overview of Spain from 1469 1716 I ll admit the first 25 30 ages start out slow and seem cumbersome but once it gets to King Ferdinand and ueen Isabella it becomes really interesting and you won t want to ut it down It serves as a good introduction to Spanish history you don t have to know a lot about Spain beforehand My favorite The Color of a Leader portion of the book was that of the Spanish Inuisition I am sure you havere conceived notions about what went on but this book clarifies what actually occurred and shatters a few myths about the Inuisition While there is a slight Anglo Saxon bias I found it to only be subtle I d be hard Into the Planet pressed to find a better overview and introduction to Spanish history in this timeeriod than this oneWhile reading I found myself delving into the specifics of locations battles and Dusk (Rosales Saga, people mentioned in the book This opens up even subjects to study For example there are whole books on King Philip II but you get a good summary of what he did while inower in the bookIf you are looking for a catalyst to get started learning about the history of Spain then this book is for you Or if you are like me who wants to know his own history it is definitely for youAs a side note I found it fascinating to learn about the succession of the throne of Spain I hadn t known that current King Juan Carlos I is a direct descendant of the first king of the Bourbon line Philip V I had no interests in Monarchs before reading this book but now I want to learn about European royalty This book gives a good outline of the Monarchs but is by no means a guide to them A decent overview of Spain under the Hapsburgs and the lead up to it Spain under Ferdinand and Isabella It touches on George Washingtons Secret Six political structure economic tendencies and religious currents andays special attention to the ush ull tension between uniting Spain and other Hapsburg dominions into a unified whole and The Caretaker preserving the rights and customs of each region It readsretty well overall but Clara After Dark - 01 probably could have used a bit of a heavier emphasis on theolitical narrative and Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens, possibly a bit detail for Spain s apparentlyerpetual financial woes I m not much of an economist and I was feeling a bit lost on occasion The Over the River Through the Wood 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 oneoint 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 eople 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 Already by the end of the sixteenth century many Spaniards seem to have been gripped by that sense of fatalism which would rompt the famous Kenyattas Jiggers pronouncement of a Junta of theologians in the reign of Philip IV Summoned to consider aroject for the construction of a canal linking the Manzanares and the Tagus it flatly declared that if God had intended the rivers to be navigable He would have made them so For Anglophone readers interested in the history of Spain this book is invaluable Elliott has here accomplished a real feat of research of writing and of analysis The book ably navigates that forbidding Coupage (Blood Nation passage between simplifyingopular accounts and unreadable scholarly monographs managing to be both a work of serious intellectual synthesis and an absorbing account of Spain s history Elliott has an astounding ability to seamlessly combine many disparate threads into the same narrative He ays close attention to economic history crop yields interest rates inflation and deflation the debasement of currency the balance of trade tariffs and regulations He incorporates social and cultural shifts changing religious attitudes demographic trends class tensions intellectual movements And yet he also does not neglect the outstanding individuals Ferdinand and Isabella Charles V Philip II the Conde Duue among others The only thing conspicuously absent was military history which suited me just fine Although the story of Spain during this time was heavily interwoven with both the New World and the rest of Europe Elliott s focus doesn t stray from the Iberian Peninsula He gives only the most cursory account of the Spanish conuest of the Americas and only mentions the struggles of Charles V against the Protestant Reformation For those looking for a history of Spanish colonization this book will therefore be disappointing I must also add that Elliott s judgment is at its worst in his brief section on the conuistadores He describes them as glorious conuering heroes of a barren civilization which I cannot abide in the light of the destruction and exploitation that followed in their wake Keeping those exceptions in mind this book is a superlative account of this eriod of Spanish history The competing centrifugal and centralizing forces at Raintree (Raintree, play the conflicting traditions of Castilian and Aragonese governments the infinitely subtle machinations ofower the gradual emergence of a national identity the meteoric rise of the Spanish Empire the cruel grinding decline that followed the heroic and hapless individuals struggling with forces beyond their control all this is related with brevity insight and The Bachelor Takes A Bride / Coming Home To A Cowboy power It is difficult not to see the whole story as a moralitylay writ large What with the ruthless exploitation of the treasure mines of the New World the expulsion of the Jews and the Moors the obsession with urity of blood and the alignment of religious orthodoxy with central ower it seems as if the collapse of the grand but hollow edifice was the inevitable result of intolerance and folly But even if we can learn some valuable lessons from this history it is important to remember that the story is not so simple and many decisions which in retrospect seem obviously foolish were at the time fairly reasonable though of course many weren t In short I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in this fascinating time and Leading Innovation place It could hardly be bette. Alower This amazing success however created many owerful enemies and Elliott's famous book charts the dramatic fall of Habsburg Spain with the same elan as it charts the ris.
Sir John Huxtable Elliott FBA is an English historian Regius Professor Emeritus at the University of Oxford and Honorary Fellow of Oriel College Oxford and Trinity College Cambridge He publishes under the name JH ElliottBorn in Reading Berkshire Elliott was educated at Eton College and Trinity College Cambridge He was an assistant lecturer at Cambridge University from 1957 to 1962 and