By Henry Kamen
For approximately centuries Spain used to be the world’s so much influential country, dominant in Europe and with authority over large territories in the United States and the Pacific. simply because none of this was once accomplished by means of its personal fiscal or army assets, Henry Kamen units out to provide an explanation for the way it completed the unforeseen prestige of global strength, and examines political occasions and international coverage during the reigns of every of the nation’s rulers, from Ferdinand and Isabella on the finish of the 15th century to Philip V within the 1700s.
He explores the particular beneficial properties that made up the Spanish event, from the gold and silver of the hot international to the position of the Inquisition and the destiny of the Muslim and Jewish minorities. In a wholly re-written textual content, he additionally can pay cautious consciousness to fresh paintings on artwork and tradition, social improvement and the function of ladies, in addition to contemplating the obsession of Spaniards with imperial failure, and their use of the concept that of ‘decline’ to insist on a legendary earlier of greatness. the fundamental fragility of Spain’s assets, he explains, was once the vital this is because it by no means succeeded achieve luck as an imperial strength.
This thoroughly up-to-date fourth variation of Henry Kamen’s authoritative, obtainable survey of Spanish politics and civilisation within the Golden Age of its global event considerably expands the assurance of topics and takes account of the most recent released research.