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Spain, Europe and the Wider World 1500-1800 [Hardcover]

Jh Elliott

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27 April 2009
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 It includes an unpublished lecture in honour of the late Hugh Trevor-Roper.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, Velazquez, 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.

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"(Elliott's) work is always judicious, unideological, gently witty, original, stylish, and solidly grounded."
--Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Literary Review, 1st May 2009

`This collection will be a treasure-trove of insight and analysis.'
--A.C.T, Contemporary Review, 1st January 2010

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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 honours, 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh questions about Spain 9 Jan 2012
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In his fourteen essays and lectures, J.H. Elliott proves once again that he is the master of asking fresh questions and giving original answers. He did not coin the term "composite state," but his essay, "A Europe of Composite Monarchies," peels back layers of misunderstanding caused by our interest in the later development of the unified nation state. (This is a very timely essay in the context of the tension in Europe today between universalism and particularism.) "Learning from the Enemy: Early Modern Britain and Spain" explores how the British drew surprising lessons in colonization from Spain. "The Same World, Different Worlds" asks: "How did Spaniards, as pioneers in the conquest and colonisation of America, react to the dawning and often uncomfortable awareness that America was different?" Only a scholar with a lifetime of work can answer a question like that with confidence. This is a superb work, elegantly written.
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