Spain, Europe and the Wider World 1500-1800 J. H. Elliott

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
15 May 2009
ISBN:
9780300145373
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
352 pages: 235 x 156 x 25mm
Illustrations:
31 b-w illus.

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A vivid and extraordinarily wide-ranging collection of writings by an eminent historian of Spain and its empire

When J. H. Elliott published Spain and Its World, 1500–1700 some twenty years ago, one of many enthusiasts declared, “For anyone interested in the history of empire, of Europe and of Spain, here is a book to keep within reach, to read, to study and to enjoy" (Times Literary Supplement). Since then Elliott has continued to explore the history of Spain and the Hispanic world with originality and insight, producing some of the most influential work in the field. In this new volume he gathers writings that reflect his recent research and thinking on politics, art, culture, and ideas in Europe and the colonial worlds between 1500 and 1800.

The volume includes fourteen essays, lectures, and articles of remarkable breadth and freshness, written with Elliott’s characteristic brio. It includes an unpublished lecture in honor of the late Hugh Trevor-Roper. Organized around three themes—early modern Europe, European overseas expansion, and the works and historical context of El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens, and Van Dyck—the book offers a rich survey of the themes at the heart of Elliott’s interests throughout a career distinguished by excellence and innovation.

J. H. Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Oxford, and author of Spain and Its World, 1500–1700, published by Yale University Press. He has been the recipient of many honors, including the Wolfson Prize for History, the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences, and the Balzan Prize for History. He lives in Oxford, United Kingdom

"Scholars, students, history aficionados, and even policymakers will find that Elliott offers valuable insights on the early modern world that speak to our own as well."—Roger Louis Martinez, The Americas

"Professor Elliott’s book is a readable and valuable volume. It can serve both as an introduction for the historian in general and a book for specialised scholars of early modern history and the colonial history of the Americas. In brief, this book is a useful exercise in comparative history that attempts to make a methodological contribution by dealing with a rich compilation of case studies."—Marcelo Fabian Figueroa, European Review of History