Imperial Spain 1469-1716

Overview

Since its first publication, J. H. Elliott's classic chronicle has become established as the most comprehensive, balanced, and accessible account of the dramatic rise and fall of imperial Spain.  Now with a new preface by the author, this brilliant study unveils how a barren, impoverished, and isolated country became the greatest power on earth—and just as quickly fell into decline.

At its greatest Spain was a master of Europe: its government was respected, its armies were ...

See more details below
Paperback
$12.80
BN.com price
(Save 28%)$18.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (28) from $3.18   
  • New (12) from $9.53   
  • Used (16) from $3.18   
Sending request ...

Overview

Since its first publication, J. H. Elliott's classic chronicle has become established as the most comprehensive, balanced, and accessible account of the dramatic rise and fall of imperial Spain.  Now with a new preface by the author, this brilliant study unveils how a barren, impoverished, and isolated country became the greatest power on earth—and just as quickly fell into decline.

At its greatest Spain was a master of Europe: its government was respected, its armies were feared, and its conquistadores carved out a vast empire. Yet this splendid power was rapidly to lose its impetus and creative dynamism. How did this happen in such a short space of time? Taking in rebellions, religious conflict and financial disaster, Elliott's masterly social and economic analysis studies the various factors that precipitated the end of an empire.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141007038
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 640,776
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

J. H. Elliott was the Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Imperial Spain 1469-1716 Acknowledgments Foreword Prologue
1. The Union of the Crowns
1. Origins of the union
2. The two Crowns
3. The decline of the Crown of Aragon
4. Unequal partners

2. Reconquest and Conquest
1. The Reconquista completed
2. The advance into Africa
3. Medieval antecedents
4. Conquest
5. Settlement

3. The Ordering of Spain
1. The "new monarchy"
2. The assertion of royal authority in Castile
3. The Church and the Faith
4. The economic and social foundations of the New Spain
5. The open society

4. The Imperial Destiny
1. The foreign policy of Ferdinand
2. The Habsburg succession
3. Nationalism and revolt
4. The imperial destiny

5. The Government and the Economy in the Reign of Charles V
1. The theory and practice of empire
2. The organization of empire
3. The Castilian economy
4. The problems of imperial finance
5. The liquidation of Charles's imperialism

6. Race and Religion
1. The advance of heresy
2. The imposition of orthodoxy
3. The Spain of the Counter-Reformation
4. The crisis of the 1560s
5. The second rebellion of the Alpujarras (1568-70)
6. The Faith militant and the Faith triumphant

7. "One Monarch, One Empire, and One Sword"
1. King and Court
2. The faction struggles
3. The annexation of Portugal
4. The revolt of Aragon (1591-2)

8. Splendour and Misery
1. The crisis of the 1590s
2. The failure of leadership
3. The pattern of society

9. Revival and Disaster
1. The reform programme
2. The strain of war
3. 1640
4. Defeat and survival

10. Epitaph on an Empire
1. The centre and the periphery
2. The change of dynasty
3. The failure
4. The achievement

Notes on Further Reading Index

Maps
Iberian Expansion in the 16th and 17th Centuries
1. The Iberian Peninsula. Physical Features
2. Habsburg Spain
3. The Conquest of Grenada
4. The Four Inheritances of Charles V
5. The Collapse of Spanish Power

Tables
1. The Union of the Crowns of Castile and Aragon
2. The Spanish Habsburgs
3. The Conciliat System
4. Imports of Treasure
5. The Portuguese Succession

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)