Imperial Spain, 1469-1716

Imperial Spain 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 marriage of Ferdinand Isabella

  • Title: Imperial Spain, 1469-1716
  • Author: J.H. Elliott
  • ISBN: 9780141007038
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 marriage 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 global power ThisThe 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 marriage 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 global 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 rise.

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    1. 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 the poor s [...]

    2. Already by the end of the sixteenth century many Spaniards seem to have been gripped by that sense of fatalism which would prompt the famous pronouncement of a Junta of theologians in the reign of Philip IV. Summoned to consider a project 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 [...]

    3. "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. [.] [H]ow does this same society lose its impetus and its dynamism, perhaps in as short a period of time a it took to acquire them? Has something vital really been lost, or was the original achie [...]

    4. I recently was looking for something to read and realized my understanding of Spanish history pre-Civil War was light on the details, so off to to look at what's out there.Man. That's a thin field to pick from.Hugh 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 masquerading as history". I don't need seven paragraphs on the bloodlines of a minor court functionary, thanks, and it's some serio [...]

    5. No wonder Elliott scooped a knighthood given thistour de force . My interest in Spanish imperial history was partly forged at A Level but became an obsession after a visit to Madrid's Prado - Velázquez's 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 a particularly macabre vein of Catholicism - all agonised crucifixions and obses [...]

    6. 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 bi [...]

    7. 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 Spain.The book covers the rise of Spain as an imperial power and its catastrophic decline. [...]

    8. Was really impressed how easy the book was to read, although it wasn't too scholarly. I feel like it belonged in the classroom, not on my bookshelf. Not enough analysis. Maybe I'm just spoiled with how much I have read on this topic. This does not take away from Elliot's writing ability. I would probably give this close to 4 had it been the first thing I read in school.

    9. Very good overview of Spain at the height of its power and the mismanagement (and lack of any coherent economic philosophy) that precipitated its decline.

    10. A Distant WarningSpain experienced a metamorphosis in the 16th century. It had been a divided country battling with an age-old enemy. Its separate parts worked more against each other than with each other; Castile concentrated on the fight to reconquer the land from the Muslims, while Aragon and Catalonia fixed their sights on a Mediterranean trading empire and control of southern Italy. Under Ferdinand and Isabella, well-known as the patrons of Columbus, the Moors were conquered, the Jews expel [...]

    11. The creation of modern Spain under Ferdinand and Isabella through the end of the Hapsburg kings is shown in detail and a plethora of names flashing across the landscape. At the beginning the Moors are driven from Iberia and Columbus discovers America. When American plunder runs out the country of Spain emerges and the Spanish fall into disrepute and retreat without learning much on their journey. Shows the early background for the current attempts at Catalan independence.A tough read, but enligh [...]

    12. As a 6th generation Texan of Spanish descent (on my mother's side), I have always identified myself culturally with the Tex-Mex culture 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 roots.This book gives a great descriptive almost lifelike overview of Spain from 1469-1716. I'll admit, the first 25-30 pages start out slow and seem cumbersome but once it gets to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, it becomes r [...]

    13. This book covers the History of Spain once it became Spain, by the union of crowns of Castile and Aragon. The emphasis is more on analysis, rather than description. It assumes a certain familiarity with the general outline of Spanish history - of the kind a person growing up in Europe would acquire - and delves deeper into issues like the difficulty of managing the different cultures of Castile and Aragon apart from the overseas territories; the financial problems of the state and ways of overco [...]

    14. This is a very scholarly work. The details of coinage and governance can be fascinating, but are often tedious for one seeking a less granular telling. The work covers the Reconquista to the War of Spanish Succession. Highlights of the Imperial period include the New World, Charles V and the HRE, Philip I I and The Reformation. There are several plates, diagrams, and maps.The economic realities I found very interesting. Charles V's profligacy and military adventurism more than consumed New World [...]

    15. This book really helped clear up for me how Spain rose so high and fell so far in some 250 odd years. My overall impression was that Spain was a plastic bag with a hole in the bottom. Silver was pouring in the top, to quickly spurt out the bottom, until, the hole was rent so large the whole system collapsed. Explains the myth of a united Spain, why it was so hard to govern and how the silver pouring in transformed it from a poor backwater into a country of extreme conspicuous consumption, where [...]

    16. A good and thorough survey of economic, social, and political developments in Spain during the two and a half centuries of its rise and fall. Mostly concerned with Castile; a significant theme is the relationship between the center and the periphery, and the preservation throughout Hapsburg rule of the constitutional privileges of the provinces. Some familiarity with the major political developments in the Europe during the time period under consideration would be useful.

    17. Efficient and thorough. Reduces the complexity of Spanish imperial history to something more manageable. Considers many aspects of Spanish culture of the era and does not reduce Spain's imperial decline to something 2-dimensional. Recommended as an introductory text to the period. Also, interesting bibliography.

    18. Very dry read and it became a little hard at times. With that said, it also was very informative and clearly showed the reason for Spain's decline from the forefront of European history during this period. It also explained the various regional differences in Spain itself. Overall very informative was a hard read.

    19. Excellent history of Spain covering the period of 1469-1716, a period I am especially interested in because of my interest in exploration and European encounters with Asia. There are excellent reviews of this book on these pages; they say it all: very well researched and written, mainly enjoyable and written so you can skip those sections you have no interest in.

    20. Well, that was thorough. I kept looking for the exam at the end of the book. Thankfully there was none. I probably would've failed the test as there were a few times that I had to pinch myself to stay awake. Mr. Elliott is obviously a professor because it takes a certain someone to reduce a period of history to something akin to an economics briefing.

    21. It's a bit dry but contains a wealth of information about Spain's Golden Age -- the 16th and 17th centuries. I've used it as the primary text for a Culture and Civilization course focusing on that period.

    22. Enlightenment and an excellent overview of the Spanish Golden Age. I read this for pleasure and found that there was a lot of detail, a lot of which I forgot as soon as I'd turned the page. Still, it was thoroughly enjoyable, especially the descriptions of such figures as Charles V and Philip II.

    23. clear, informative and without anything superflous to explain the period where Spain actually became a kingdom, ruled the world and then declined. It is a good primer for anyone trying to understand this period in Spanish history.

    24. Shows its age in spots, especially with its treatment of race. It's brevity coupled with its large scope means that it occasionally devolves into a list-like treatment of events. I don't know of any other book that attempts something like this, though, so it is still certainly an achievement.

    25. Read this as part of a Yale Cervantes course on iTunes:oyc.yale/spanish-and-portuI found it well written and clear and good at providing background info on the place and time. Didn't realize until I finished that it was written in 1963.

    26. Grande affresco dell'epopea di un impero uscito dal nulla e nel nulla tornato, raccontata con grande intelligenza e una sterminata messe di materiali da un grande storico.

    27. This book was a textbook in one of my Spanish classes and it was actually fun to read. I learned a lot about Spain during their Golden Era and a lot I really didn't want to know!

    28. The go-to book on the subject. Not only was Elliott one of the first modern English-language historians to focus on the subject, his book has stood the test of time and is highly readable.

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