The rise and fall of the spanish empire
The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire by William S. MaltbyThis attempt to squeeze more than three hundred years of imperial and colonial history into two hundred pages is a success but not a triumph. The narrative is a balanced one with due attention to wars, internal politics and economics. The author is very competent and provides a lot of sage generalizations that help this book to win an otherwise uncertain battle for readers against Wikipedia articles. It is truly a worthy example of structuring vast amounts of information into a concise form. The only problem is that there is a far better book: Imperial Spain by Elliott that is only a bit more complex but is superior in every way except some obsolete details.
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Table of contents. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item Maltby's synthesis does an outstanding job of describing and interpreting the interplay between Spain and the discrete parts of its European empire and American colonies. Based on secondary materials, accompanied by helpful maps, a bibliographical essay, and a glossary, and written for a general audience, this book should be in every public and academic library. Summing Up: Essential. Public and undergraduate libraries.
The decline of the Spanish empire was brought about by many factors. Money was tight for the Spanish during the 17th century, despite that galleons filled with gold were sent from the Americas though many were raided by pirates or were wrecked in storms. But conquering and forming an empire is one thing; maintaining it quite another. Often the natives of a conquered land are not happy with the conditions they're subjected to by the conquerors, just as often those conditions are brutal and unfair. So they rise up in arms, and that means that empire has to spend a lot of money on armies and weapons to extinguish it.
From the late 15th century to the early 19th, Spain controlled a huge overseas territory in the New World and the Asian archipelago of the Philippines , what they called "The Indies" Spanish : Las Indias. It also included territories in Europe , Africa and Oceania. Castile became the dominant kingdom in Iberia because of its jurisdiction over the overseas empire in the Americas and the Philippines. Although the power of the Spanish sovereign as monarch varied from one territory to another, the monarch acted as such in a unitary manner  over all the ruler's territories through a system of councils : the unity did not mean uniformity. Furthermore, despite attacks from other European states, Spain retained its position of dominance with apparent ease. The Spanish Empire in the Americas was formed after conquering indigenous empires and claiming large stretches of land , beginning with Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean Islands.