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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.

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A major work on Spanish history ( The Economist)"

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Sir John Huxtable Elliott is a British historian, a fellow of the British Academy, a Regius professor emeritus at Oxford University, and an honorary fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and Trinity College, Cambridge. An expert on Spanish history, he is the author of more than a dozen books, including Imperial Spain: 1469–1716.

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Ken Wood
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Solid academic research
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020
Very thorough work with academic knowledge and details about the time period. I learned a lot. The book is more of an academic type writing and focuses on Europe. I was more interested in Spanish empire in the America’s, but this gives a lot of good information about the... See more
Very thorough work with academic knowledge and details about the time period. I learned a lot. The book is more of an academic type writing and focuses on Europe. I was more interested in Spanish empire in the America’s, but this gives a lot of good information about the empire, mostly in Europe. It’s more of a university type of book for serious reading. It’s not a light read. Overall, I recommend it.
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Shawn M. Ritchie
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Still The Best Work In This Field
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2014
I recently was looking for something to read and realized my understanding of Spanish history pre-Civil War was light on the details, so off to Amazon to look at what''s out there. Man. That''s a thin field to pick from. Hugh Thomas'' histories of High... See more
I recently was looking for something to read and realized my understanding of Spanish history pre-Civil War was light on the details, so off to Amazon to look at what''s out there.

Man. That''s a thin field to pick from.

Hugh Thomas'' histories of High Imperial Spain seemed to have the most noise online about them, so I grabbed one and started reading.. meh. "Celebrity biography masquerading as history". I don''t need seven paragraphs on the bloodlines of a minor court functionary, thanks, and it''s some serious Big Man history that spends next to no time on economy of social, so I put that volume aside.

The only other general survey that seems to exist in English AND in e-book format is this one, J.H. Elliott''s "Imperial Spain". So I grabbed that.

I tend to lean towards very recent history as there has been a lot of new source material and re-examination going on in a lot of historical fields, particularly since the fall of the USSR and, as regards Spain, the post-Franco era. That said, this book originally dates from the 70''s, I believe, but you wouldn''t know it from the reading. The author is clear to note that he considered his research source-challenged for a variety of reasons, and is clear on what points he''s making that he believes may change if more evidence is uncovered. I appreciated this clarity of purpose and problems throughout.

Overall, I found this an EXCELLENT history, particularly for the reader who has a good understanding of the general flow of European, Colonial and Spanish history to begin with. It covers specifically an expanded understanding of the reign of the Habsburg Dynasty over Spain, including the reign of the non-Habsburg Catholic Kings that immediately preceded it as well as the very beginning of the Bourbon Dynasty that supplanted it.

This ordering, his choice of which he goes into detail about in the Introduction, makes clear sense as Ferdinand and Isabella obviously finished the Reconquista, thereby ushering in "modern Spain" as an entity in the first place, and they set the table for the entire Habsburg reign that would see Spain rise to its absolute height of imperial power and majesty as well as crash from that perch in disastrous fashion. The Bourbon denouement serves as a proper coda to the entire era, immediately after which Spain effectively retreated into a broken shell of itself for, arguably, two more centuries.

Elliott gives equal focus to the domineering personalities of this era as well as broader socio-economic forces at play that influenced the range of and final choices of action those "Big Men" could choose from. This is, in my opinion, the proper mix that history should aspire to, as I don''t believe in either a pure Big Man or Inevitable Trend view of history, so I was glad to see it strongly represented here. He doesn''t go into great detail on, say, the myriad military campaigns that occurred throughout this era, instead focusing on the effects of those campaigns upon greater Spanish politics, society and economy. As the military efforts of any one Habsburg ruler of Spain could easily fill its own thick volume, again, I agree with the author''s choice here.

The writing is quite lively and enjoyable, which helps when dealing with such a large book covering such a wide topic. As an example, here''s his description of Charles II, one of the last and arguably the worst of Spain''s sovereigns during this period: "The poor King himself, the centre of so many hopes, turned out to be a rachitic and feeble-minded weakling, the last stunted sprig of a degenerate line."

That''s... some powerfully descriptive stuff right there.

Elliott doesn''t go overboard with this sort of flowery language, saving it for when its impact is actually called for. One can tell that he has written a lot in his career and has put a lot of work into sharpening his craft. The book moves along thanks to this, going into enough detail to evoke the scenes and settings without getting mired down in minutiae that doesn''t add to the overall understanding.

Just to note, there are a few small technical problems with the e-book addition; there''s a handful of garbled phrases and the maps, which look to have been low-detail linework typical of 70''s history books to begin with, were not scanned well, with spine seams visible and a muddy resolution at best. Be prepared to Google some more-readable maps when they pop up.

Overall, though, particularly given the paucity of books covering this topic, I can whole-heartedly recommend this volume for anyone looking for a general history of Imperial Spain.
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lawrenharris
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Imperial Spain with no mention of empire
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2012
This book is very good about a number of aspects of internal politics and economics for the period. But it omits almost entirely one of the most important features of Spanish history at this time, namely its foreign wars and empire. The brief statement near the beginning... See more
This book is very good about a number of aspects of internal politics and economics for the period. But it omits almost entirely one of the most important features of Spanish history at this time, namely its foreign wars and empire. The brief statement near the beginning of the book that it will not investigate the internal histories of Spanish colonies does not prepare one for the big black hole encompassing almost all of Spain''s overseas adventures. We get very little about the struggles in the Low Countries, even though these imperial possessions provided important personages in the Spanish ruling house and played an important part in the origins of the terrible Thirty Years'' War. There is very little also about the exploitation of New World gold and silver resources, although they funded the Spanish empire. As another reader complained, the book tells us nothing but bits and pieces of the Spanish royal house''s complex and crucial interpenetration with the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg dynasty. Most annoying of all, we get NOTHING about the Aragonese and royal military involvements in Italy, which stripped the Spanish treasury and hastened the decline of Spanish dominance in Europe, not to mention devastating much of Italy. I read in another book of the fact that Charles V''s Spanish army sacked Rome in 1527 and dealt a terrible blow to that city, but there isn''t so much as a mention of that fact here. What was a Spanish army doing in Italy in the first place? Beats me. We hear time and again about the fact that Charles V was off in Italy, or the Netherlands, or central Europe, attending to wars about which we hear not a word; but the author is careful to provide us with detailed information about the wool trade in mainland Spain. Same story with Philip II''s war against England. I bought this book to get an account of Spain''s golden age of European power, in other words of "Imperial Spain 1469-1716", and didn''t get it.
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Sid Ward
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Detailed and Readable
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2017
This review is from the perspective of someone who knew nothing of the period, and read the book to gain an overview. The book is very readable, but detailed account of the history. Traces the arc of Imperial Spain, relating the political, religious and commercial factors... See more
This review is from the perspective of someone who knew nothing of the period, and read the book to gain an overview. The book is very readable, but detailed account of the history. Traces the arc of Imperial Spain, relating the political, religious and commercial factors into a cohesive picture of the time.
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Thomas Kiefer
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Excellent summary and interpretation of European Spain in the Siglo de Oro
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2013
Elliot attempts to assess the rise of Spain at the time of Ferdinand and Isabela to the nadir during the time of Philip IV. Most of the attention concerns the European context of Spain''s "rise and fall." There is very little detail on the American Empire and... See more
Elliot attempts to assess the rise of Spain at the time of Ferdinand and Isabela to the nadir during the time of Philip IV. Most of the attention concerns the European context of Spain''s "rise and fall." There is very little detail on the American Empire and readers who are searching for this will be disappointed. He covers the economic aspects of Spain''s problems, but not in much detail, and as an anthropologist I would have like to have more analysis of the 16th century Castilian dominant ethos -- that wealth and power proceed from honor, glory and military success, rather than the more prosaic Protestant virtues of the north.

Extremely readable- I went through it in two evenings. Were I to ever teach a course in Spanish or early modern European history (unlikely), I would certainly require this book.
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Luis Mansilla
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A solid account and author!
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2007
A solid and readable account of the rise and fall of Imperial Spain by an experienced scholar. The book dedicate a great deal to the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand, which is regarded as the golden age of Castile with the discovery of America and the finishing of the... See more
A solid and readable account of the rise and fall of Imperial Spain by an experienced scholar. The book dedicate a great deal to the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand, which is regarded as the golden age of Castile with the discovery of America and the finishing of the "reconquista" but also marking the expulsion of jews and the beginning of the inquisition. Mr. Elliott explain the whole context of those years, politically, socially and economically, the real situation of the people of the time and the differences between the crowns of Castile, Aragon and Portugal. As the book advances and with the following Kings, the author makes clear the difficult situation of Spain, with an empire geographically separated, agravated by several revolts either at home or abroad, with the core of spain overburden with taxes, with a stagnated economy and more important, a mediocre ruling class. These are just part of the reasons that finally led to the dissolution of the empire at the beginning of the 1700. In summary, this book totally fulfilled my curiosity to understand this period of Spain, and like the last words of the book: "Castile has made Spain and Castile has destroyed it" (Ortega y Gasset).
Note: I had the opportunity of being at the Escorial, I just regret to not having read this book before.
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Mishalex
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Essential reading for anyone interested in the rise and fall of the Spanish Empire
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2014
I will note first that I am a scholar of Golden Age Spanish Literature, and I consider this book to be absolutely fundamental reading for understanding how Spain amassed one of the most powerful empires the world had ever seen, and then entered into a rapid decline,... See more
I will note first that I am a scholar of Golden Age Spanish Literature, and I consider this book to be absolutely fundamental reading for understanding how Spain amassed one of the most powerful empires the world had ever seen, and then entered into a rapid decline, ironically caused in part by the influx of gold from the pillaging of Latin America, which, in effect, brought about inflation in the Iberian Peninsula. Students and the curious will not only learn many valuable facts about Spain''s rise and fall from glory, but will also greatly benefit from the expert analysis of J.H. Elliott. This is truly a classic in the field.
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Robert W. Moore
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A justly celebrated historical classic
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2004
Over the years I have managed to read a fairly large number of historical works dedicated to surveying particular periods of history, but I have rarely found one that managed to combine learning with readability as well as this one. Although a historian, Elliott must of... See more
Over the years I have managed to read a fairly large number of historical works dedicated to surveying particular periods of history, but I have rarely found one that managed to combine learning with readability as well as this one. Although a historian, Elliott must of necessity tell a story, and that is how Spain went from being a relatively unimportant afterthought on the tip of Europe to being for a period of time perhaps the dominant power on the globe, only to fall into a state of decline and veritable collapse. It is an amazing, improbable story, yet Elliott manages it without ever losing the reader in historical minutiae.
Elliott tells his story by focusing on the reigns of the great monarchs of the 15th and 16th centuries of Spain, and the considerably less great monarchs and their "favorites" (noblemen who actually ran Spain--as Elliott puts it at one point, the kings reigned, but the favorites ruled) of the 17th century. The highpoint of the story comes rather early, with the remarkable reign of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, surely the greatest monarchial partnership Europe has known. Two gifted, talented, and powerful monarchs, they worked together brilliantly to create one of the great empires of Europe, managing such feats as driving the Moors out of Spain and creating a dynasty in the New World (as well as funding Columbus'' discovery of it). Unfortunately, they, the Most Catholic Kings, also were responsible for the Inquisition. Elliott takes a balanced approach to the Inquisition (not my own inclination, since it seems to me to be an unmitigable horror), not minimizing its effects, but trying to understand it in context.
From Isabella and Ferdinand, Elliott takes the reader through the reasons that Ferdinand was reluctantly forced to arrange for the monarchies of Castile and Aragon to the Habsburgs (it is fairly complex, but essentially there was no acceptable heir), and the eventual accedence of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to the thrones of Spain. Although not quite as glorious a time as under Isabella and Ferdinand, Charles V''s reign was also a highpoint in Spanish history. Although to a large degree an absentee monarch, his reign is characterized by his attempts to expand his empire--which embraced a substantial portion of Europe--and his wars against against heresy, i.e., protestantism, whether in its Lutheran, Calvinist, or English forms. Indeed, if religious zeal--even if profoundly misguided--were a criterion of religiousity, then Charles V might go down as the most religious monarch in European history. That protestantism survived is surely not to be blamed on Charles V (I''m a Baptist, by the way, so I''m hardly lamenting his failure). In the end, however, Charles V''s wars put such a great strain on his various subjects as to lead to general financial chaos, and his expenditures led to multiple bankruptcies, not only in his own but in his son''s reign.
Phillip II is in many ways the polar opposite of his father. Although the monarch of the Dutch territories and Spain, he was not like his father the Holy Roman Emperor. He was also not a warrior king, although many wars were fought under his reign. While Charles V waged war closer to the field, Phillip II waged war at his desk and papers with a pen. The last of the great Spanish kings of the imperial period, Phillip II struggled desperately to carry on his father''s goals amidst dwindling funds and financial resources.
The final sections of the book chronicle the long, slow, depressing period of decline, the period depicted so vividly in DON QUIXOTE. Ironically, although the 17th century was a period of waning Spanish successes, it was nonetheless a far richer period artistically, not just through the work of such great writers as Cervantes and Lope de Vega, but a host of great painters like Velazquez and Zurburan.
Elliott is a truly fine historian, but he is also an engaging one. I remained interested in the fate of Spain from the beginning to the agonizing end. I would strongly recommend this volume to anyone who wants a stronger background into the formation of modern Europe. It also makes an absolutely perfect introduction to the historical setting of Cervantes''s DON QUIXOTE (my immediate purpose in reading it).
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Constantinus Lucius
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A warning
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2012
This book covers administrative, economic and social history of the empire and does an excellent job at that. However it assumes that you are familiar with the Spanish international political / military history and discusses impacts of involvement in foreign affairs without...See more
This book covers administrative, economic and social history of the empire and does an excellent job at that. However it assumes that you are familiar with the Spanish international political / military history and discusses impacts of involvement in foreign affairs without specifically describing details of those affairs. (For example, there''s hardly any mention of the Italian Wars and you won''t be able to figure out the extent of Habsburg-Ottoman conflict based solely on this book.) So, if you''re more interested in international politics and warfare narrative, you should rather search elsewhere.
This book covers administrative, economic and social history of the empire and does an excellent job at that.

However it assumes that you are familiar with the Spanish international political / military history and discusses impacts of involvement in foreign affairs without specifically describing details of those affairs. (For example, there''s hardly any mention of the Italian Wars and you won''t be able to figure out the extent of Habsburg-Ottoman conflict based solely on this book.) So, if you''re more interested in international politics and warfare narrative, you should rather search elsewhere.
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Ferreira Pinto
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A Good Queen ,fighting for survival as a Queen and as a Woman
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2014
Good book , well written , engaging , easy to read .I deeply recommend to someone , who wants to understand this trouble times .
Good book , well written , engaging , easy to read .I deeply recommend to someone , who wants to understand this trouble times .
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Peter P.
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A Work of Love
Reviewed in Germany on September 2, 2019
This exceptionally well written, engaging account of Spain''s golden age leaves little to be desired. Given that this treasure trove of historical fact and analysis has been first published some years back explains the - by today''s standards - quite basic presentation of...See more
This exceptionally well written, engaging account of Spain''s golden age leaves little to be desired. Given that this treasure trove of historical fact and analysis has been first published some years back explains the - by today''s standards - quite basic presentation of figures. The publisher should update those. The author may not have an outstanding natural talent as a writer, but more than compensates by putting in the extra mile of hard work to achieve an overall enviable result. Just one thing: the sections of the introduction which have been added later and try to apologize for not having been sufficiently politically correct in some parts of the book are superfluous and embarrassing. Thank God this book was written as it was, with complete focus on history and without ideological narrative. The author ought to be content with his work and not bow to the anti-intellectual pressures of the day.
This exceptionally well written, engaging account of Spain''s golden age leaves little to be desired. Given that this treasure trove of historical fact and analysis has been first published some years back explains the - by today''s standards - quite basic presentation of figures. The publisher should update those. The author may not have an outstanding natural talent as a writer, but more than compensates by putting in the extra mile of hard work to achieve an overall enviable result. Just one thing: the sections of the introduction which have been added later and try to apologize for not having been sufficiently politically correct in some parts of the book are superfluous and embarrassing. Thank God this book was written as it was, with complete focus on history and without ideological narrative. The author ought to be content with his work and not bow to the anti-intellectual pressures of the day.
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Easily readable review of Spain''s development and dominant role in the world.
Reviewed in Canada on January 16, 2016
I am not competent to judge the quality of the history but I can say the quality of the writing makes this a highly readable and enjoyable book opening my eyes to how advanced were the Spanish (though there were no "Spanish") as compared with the English of the same...See more
I am not competent to judge the quality of the history but I can say the quality of the writing makes this a highly readable and enjoyable book opening my eyes to how advanced were the Spanish (though there were no "Spanish") as compared with the English of the same era. For any non-historian wanting to learn how Spain developed after the Moors'' invasion, how Spain came to be in the Netherlands to invade Britain, not to mention Italy and Sicily, and what the Bourbons had to do with Spain, all is clearly revealed.
I am not competent to judge the quality of the history but I can say the quality of the writing makes this a highly readable and enjoyable book opening my eyes to how advanced were the Spanish (though there were no "Spanish") as compared with the English of the same era.
For any non-historian wanting to learn how Spain developed after the Moors'' invasion, how Spain came to be in the Netherlands to invade Britain, not to mention Italy and Sicily, and what the Bourbons had to do with Spain, all is clearly revealed.
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Una obra de calidad
Reviewed in Spain on January 11, 2020
La compré para regalar y teniendo en cuenta la calidad del autor y he quedado como una reina, porque ha gustado mucho.
La compré para regalar y teniendo en cuenta la calidad del autor y he quedado como una reina, porque ha gustado mucho.
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