Felipe Fernández-Armesto is William P Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His many books include The Spanish Armada: The Experience of War in 1588; Columbus; Millennium: A History of our Last Thousand Years; Food: A History; Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration; 1492: The Year our World Began; and (with Matthew Restall) The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction.
José Juan López-Portillo teaches the History of the Spanish Empire at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is the editor of Spain and the Atlantic Frontier of Medieval Europe.
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A Short History of the Spanish Empire
Felipe Fernández-Armesto and José Juan López-Portillo
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The Spanish Empire was history’s first truly global imperium: the earliest territorial entity to stretch right around the earth rather than just across the known world of the ancients and medievals. Its dramatic story encompasses the rise and fall of the Habsburgs; rivalry with the contesting powers of Portugal, the Netherlands, France and England; and the pillage of Conquistadors like Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro, whose conquest of the Aztecs, and subjugation of the lands of the Incas, marked the start of almost five centuries of sustained European imperial adventure. Emphasising the grand sweep of global history, the authors focus on the art, archaeology, literature and religion of the Spanish Empire, as well as on the indigenous peoples who so often were massacred or displaced by the invaders. In the process they explore the significance of Spanish colonialism in world history. From the 15th-century Iberian hegemony of Castile to Columbus’ initial voyages of exploration; and from Philip II’s acquisition of the Portuguese crown in 1581, to the Spanish-American War in 1898 and beyond, this stylish, panoramic treatment fully illuminates the struggles of individuals as well as of nations and cultures.