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Ve read a number of articles guide books and novels about this great country and this text is clearly the primary English anguage source of choice 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 SpainThe book covers the rise of Spain as an imperial power and its catastrophic decline All the main aspects of history are discussed political constitutional military economic demographic religious social ethnic and cultural In style it is magisterial in a way which may seem a Dem Nordpol am nächsten little old fashioned today it is none the worse for that it was first published in 1963 and the slightly revised paperback edition I have read dates from 1970 There are hugely enjoyable pithy 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 haveed J H Elliott to modify some of the detail but that the basic story would be Heart Beat largely unchanged of a Spain which had ambitions beyond its resources which proved unable to tackle its constitutional problems and bring together the different regions of the country of intellectual and commercial stagnation of aack of the vision to change in the way needed for a changing Europe of agricultural collapse of a social fossilisation which prevented 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 problematic relationship between a self important Castile and the other regions of Spain including Catalonia The failure to find solutions for this relationship played a big role in Spain s decline and is an important part of the historical background to contemporary issues surrounding Catalonia s position in Spain History can cast a The Site Book 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 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 canalinking the Manzanares and the Tagus it flatly declared that if God had intended th A decent overview of Spain under the Hapsburgs and the The Devils Possession 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 bit detail for Spain s apparently perpetual financial woes I m not much of an economist and I was feeling a bitost on occasion The persistent emphasis on nationalism seemed a Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, 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 one point in the second chapter he suggests that they were able to conuer the Americas because they had aarger zest for Vrolok life than the native people 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 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 rootsThis book gives a great descriptive almostifelike overview of Spain from 1469 1716 I 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] ll admit the first 25 30 pages start out slow and se The book runs from the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella down to the death of the dynasty with Charles II theast st. 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.
The The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name lack of natural advantages appears crippling Yet in theast 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 Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped long a mere geographical expression was somehow transformed into an historical fact How does this same societyose its impetus and its dynamism perhaps in as short a period of time a it took to acuire them Has something vital really been The Hunger Within lost or was the original achievement itself no than an enga o an illusion as seventeenth century Spaniards began to believeIn some ways this book was exactly what I wasooking for JH Elliot sets out to specifically answer a uestion about which I have Between Two Skies long pondered How is it that Spain rose to be one of the dominant and richest powers of Europe and thenost that position never to get it back I have read other books which alluded to the uestion but did not directly respond to it The history begins with the first steps toward unification sort of of the two kingdoms of Aragon and Castille with the marriage of the two heirs sort of to the respective thrones Ferdinand and Isabella This marriage and what followed was really the beginning of what was to become the Spanish Empire As every girl and boy Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England learns Isabella helped to pay for the first voyage of discovery of Columbus What is notable here is that Isabella did this in her role of ueen of Castille That is she was still ueen of Castille while Ferdinand was King of Aragon which was made up of Aragon Catalonia and Valencia The union itself was purely dynastic a union not of two peoples but of two royal houses Other than the fact that henceforth Castile and Aragon would share the same monarchs there would in theory be no change either in their status or in the form of their governmentThis fact and the fact that each of the four regions had its own constitutional arrangements made governing taxing and administering very difficult These issues were to remain with the various monarchs during the coming centuries Jealousies between the regions and their varied economies and histories plagued the attempts of successive rulers during war and peace good times and bad The book then follows the success reigns of Carlos I Carlos V of Holy Roman Empire Felipe II Felipe III Felipe IV Carlos II and Filipe V through their ups and downs their politics their financial circumstances and their international situations wars Elliot does a very good job ofaying out the history and analyzing it for his stated goals and I am basically satisfied with my reading Only problems with the book ay in the fact that although the book was partially revised in 2003 it remains argely a book researched and written in the 1950s and 1960s It was first published in 1963 At times I felt that I was dealing with the prejudices and methods of the 1950s Historiography has moved on although perhaps no always for its betterment There remain some uestions for me on my stated goal of reading the book but in general it is a good well written academic history No wonder Elliott scooped a knighthood given this tour 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 Vel zuez 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 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 portrait of Kings and Palaces the social and economic background to modern Spain is portrayed and the vast differences between its constituent parts emphasized The roots of Catalan Castilian enmity are methodically described Spain relied heavily on American silver but too often became waylaid by cultural projects expulsion of Jewish and Moorish converts most notably Having begun the period covered by this book as the most multicultural nation in Europe Spain ended as an inward ooking highly parochial society shackles that were not be thrown off for another three centuries and the departure of Franco I ha. 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 marria.
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Unted sprig of a degenerate ine 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 state of sex education for royal couples or the extent of his disabilities remains unknownThe picture emerges of a disparate personal 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 Brave Enough lottery in the person of Charles Duke of Burgundy etc etc The constant need for ready cash and occasionally for short term political gaineaves 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 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 The playwright 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 political ambition paid for out of creditOn which subject I particularly enjoyed his discussion of Hamilton s thesis on the impact of the New World silver pointing out that new world silver did not necessarily stay in Spain flowing out to service the Royal debts or to pay for foreign goods exported to the New World Prices rises might well have been effected by the export of Spanish goods particularly foodstuffs than the inflow of silver in Elliot s account I recently was Spunk looking for something to read and realized my understanding of Spanish history pre Civil War wasight on the details so off to to The Kafka of 238th Street look at what s out thereMan That s a thin field to pick 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 I guess I m not as familiar with Spanish history as I thought I was I found myself getting confused as to the geography political as well as physical 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 complexook at Imperial Spain Imperial Spain only touches slightly on certain aspects of Spain s imperial past 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 preface from 2001 the book is a product 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 perspectives and these two ways of The Letters to the Thessalonians looking at history do not need to take hierarchical positions to one another This story centers around the economic and mentalife in Spain probably influenced by the Braudelian thought However Elliott also manages to integrate a political narrative in which human agency is perceived as a driving force in history Further Elliott also places the empire of Spain in a wider Western European context and there are even bits and pieces of comparisons between European states On the one hand Elliott s immense research and his refreshing perspectives are impressive On the other hand the iterary style and the masterful writing are remarkable Elliott is able to combine historical science and iterary techniues in a wonderful manner without sacrificing the scientific value or the readability of the book This is a uniue book. Al 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 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