The Resource Empire : how Spain became a world power, 1492-1763, Henry Kamen

Empire : how Spain became a world power, 1492-1763, Henry Kamen

Label
Empire : how Spain became a world power, 1492-1763
Title
Empire
Title remainder
how Spain became a world power, 1492-1763
Statement of responsibility
Henry Kamen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"How did a barren, thinly populated country, somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe, establish itself as the world's first superpower? Henry Kamen's impressive new book offers a fresh and highly original answer. Empire is a global survey of the two and a half centuries, from the late fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth, in which the Spaniards established the most extensive empire the world had ever known, ranging from Naples and the Netherlands to the Philippines. Unlike previous accounts, which have presented the empire as a direct consequence of Spanish power, this provocative work of history emphasizes the inability of Spain to run an imperial enterprise by itself. The role of conquest was deceptive. Spain's rise to power was actually made possible by the collaboration of international business interests, including Italian financiers, German technicians and Dutch traders, in the task of setting up networks of contact ranging across the oceans. At the height of its apparent power, the Spanish empire was in reality a global enterprise in which non-Spaniards-Portuguese, Basque, Aztec, Genoese, Chinese, Flemish, West African, Incan and Neapolitan-played an essential role. It is this vast diversity of resources and people, which included many of its greatest adventurers and soldiers, that made Spain's power so overwhelming. There is no better account in English of this time. Henry Kamen's book provides a highly relevant analysis of the origins and nature of imperial power, and of global economic activity. Challenging, persuasive and unique in its thesis, Empire explores Spain's complex impact on world history with admirable clarity and intelligence."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
946.03
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DP164
LC item number
.K36 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • indexes
Label
Empire : how Spain became a world power, 1492-1763, Henry Kamen
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/description/hc043/2002038748.html
Publication
Note
Originally published: Spain's road to empire. London : Penguin, 2002
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 567-576) and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Shoring up the empire (1630-1700)
  • Under new management
  • Conclusion : the silence of Pizarro
  • Foundations
  • The early western empire
  • A new world
  • Creating a world power
  • The Pearl of the Orient
  • The frontier
  • The business of world power
  • Identities and the civilizing mission
Control code
ocm51782952
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxviii, 608 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780060194765
Lccn
2002038748
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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u31447
System control number
(OCoLC)51782952

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