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World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846140838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846140839
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The greatest historian of the Spanish speaking world (Guardian)

About the Author

Hugh Thomas is the author of, among other books, The Spanish Civil War (1961), which won the Somerset Maugham Award, The Suez Affair (1967), Cuba: The Pursuit of Freedom (1971), An Unfinished History of the World (1979), Armed Truce (1986), Conquest: Montezuma, Cortés and the Fall of Old Mexico (1994), The Slave Trade (1997) and the first two volumes of his Spanish Empire trilogy, Rivers of Gold (2003) and The Golden Age (2010). From 1966 to 1976 he was Professor of History at the University of Reading, and from 1979 to 1991 chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies in London. In 2008 he was made a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and won the Gabarrón Prize; he received the Calvo Serer Prize, the Boccaccio Prize and the Nonino Prize in Italy in 2009. He is a member of the Academia de Buenas Letras in Seville and a Caballero of the Maestranza of Ronda, and in 1981 became a life peer as Lord Thomas of Swynnerton.


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It is another brilliant book written by Hugh Thomas. He details the problems that king Philip had to deal with when it came to the running of his empire and also how succeed and failed in the problems he had to deal with when it to his wars and the running of his empire. I would strongly recommended this book to anybody who is interested in the Spanish empire or 16th century history
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I understand that under the "freedom of speech" doctrine the author is not prohibited to forge and interpret his own "history" in a way most suitable to his prepossessed position, but if future readers are expecting an academically neutral, impartial and helpful account of history, I have to say that, at least, the section of the Spanish Far-east expansion (the final part before the Epilogue) consists mainly, if not exclusively, of inaccurate, tricky, selective, garbled and misleading bulls***s. Hugh overtly argues that the indigenous natives should have better been ruled and enslaved by the exotic Spaniards. Taking the Europe-centric pride, he presumes that the oriental be the decayed souls to be saved only by the immaculate, altruistic and superior European Saviours. He might be politically correct should he have been born some 4 centuries earlier, but the colonist tone echoing from the vampire's grave sounds anachronistic today. Moreover, I am much disappointed with his narrow knowledge of the Far East. Most of the geographic and human names he uses are unidentifiable with reference to Chinese literature and thus become inscrutable. I am wondering whether this is his deliberate technicality to conceal his want of basic knowledge of sinology. If not, all his underpinning sources in this dimension are dubious and unreliable. His garbling and cheating skill, however, is remarkable in this part to distort the facts. For instance, when narrating the miserable eventuality of the Spanish Governor Perez Dasmarinas, he is definitely lying by saying that "Perez das Marinas had been murdered by Chinese oarsmen interested in jewels while he was on a boat setting off for the Moluccas" (p. 282).Read more ›
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Excellent series. Highly recommended
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very interesting. On the negative side some factual information mentionned by Hugh Thomas is incorrect. There is also an objective problem in the name to be given to the inhabitants of the historic low countries (todays Netherlands,Belgium,Luxemburg and parts of France and Germany. A solution could be that scholars propose a conventional approach to this problem..
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