Spain, Europe and the Wider World 1500-1800


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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 It includes an unpublished lecture in honor of the late Hugh Trevor-Roper.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

“Elliott is indefatigable in research, comprehensive in his vision, magisterial in arraying material, and unerring in spotting the revealing or representative evidence. In short, his scholarship is as close to flawless as one can find.”—Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame

‘This collection will be a treasure-trove of insight and analysis.’

‘[It is] a most welcome pleasure to have in one handsome volume this invaluable and wonderfully readable collection … Elliott ends his preface … “I should like to think that this volume is the work of a parachutist with a few truffles in his bag.” This is unnecessarily modest, for there are many more than a few truffles to be found here, and some of them are rare delicacies.’

"Not only an excellent summation of the major historiographical positions but also an insider's look at the academic origins of the original debate in the pages of Past and Present. . . . Throughout these essays, Elliott seeks explanations in constitutional and political arrangements but also in the vagaries and contingencies of time and place. It is his ability to balance structural, conjunctural, and individual elements that gives these essays their freshness. . . . These essays also demonstrate that careful scholarship, elegant prose, and a disciplined historical imagination can, whatever the national origins of the author, always illumine and provoke, which is exactly the objective accomplished here."—Stuart B. Schwartz, Journal of Modern History

"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 Martínez, 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 Fabia´n Figueroa, European Review of History

ISBN: 9780300145373
Publication Date: June 29, 2009
352 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
31 b/w illus.
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