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By Henry Kamen

ISBN-10: 0333419308

ISBN-13: 9780333419304

ISBN-10: 1349088102

ISBN-13: 9781349088102

For over a century Spain managed the best empire the area had ever obvious, and its cave in provoked, either then because it does now, a variety of analyses over which there was little contract. within the moment version of this profitable textual content, Henry Kamen asks: used to be the Golden Age of Spain within the 16th century truly an phantasm? through studying a few of the key concerns concerned, Kamen deals a balanced dialogue of this basic question.

Golden Age Spain
- bargains a concise creation to the foremost topics and debates
- is now completely revised and up to date within the gentle of the newest research
- includes new chapters which disguise such issues as tradition and religion
- highlights key concerns and questions at first of every chapter
- incorporates a useful word list and an increased bibliography to help extra study

Approachable and easy-to-follow, this article is vital interpreting for a person with an curiosity in a single of the main attention-grabbing sessions of Spanish background.

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Hostilities within Spain normally affected only the Moriscos (the Granada wars of 1569-70) but the country also suffered two important internal wars: that against Portugal (1640-68), which had profound consequences on Extremadura[54], and the War of Succession[20]. Even at the time, commentators were aware that Spanish imperialism was exacting a heavy price of Castile's limited population. The economy of pre-industrial Europe was overwhelmingly agricultural, and a basic guide to economic progress in Spain 25 would be the measurement of agrarian productivity.

44 What were these traditional structures? At the upper level, each realm had its own assembly, ranging from territories with formalised Cortes (Castile, Crown of Aragon[119], Navarre[l20]) to those with elective bodies (the junta General ofVizcaya[121]). The crown's representative had the right to be present at these meetings, as he was also entitled to be present at all formal assemblies of the Church; but it was rare for the crown to interfere in the process of decision-making. The elite was also left largely undisturbed in control of the government of the great cities, a control made even more secure by the crown's practice- at its most extensive under Philip II - of selling municipal office in order to raise cash, both in Spain and in America.

The reconciliation of the two in the late seventeenth century has been firmly demonstrated[l34], making it difficult to accept the view that Catalonia once again 'revolted' during the War of Succession; and apart from clear evidence that the commercial elite of Barcelona and Matar6 supported the archduke between 1705 and 1714 with the intention of gaining trade advantages[135], there is little or no evidence of any widespread rebellion in Catalonia, current research tending to show that Catalans were neutral and merely supported whichever side happen~d to be dominant at the time[l36].

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