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Ribes the people in charge of them and their personalities It reads like a political science primer circa 1576 I had some sense of what the officials were like but not much sense what Spain itself was like Then ou Do That Same Approach For Each Other that same approach for each other You learn about viceroys than the territories they ruled sometimes This is what I mean when I say it s like a county history Those things were often compartmentalized histories focusing on the leading

in the county because they the ones who financed the county history in the first place There are some interesting moments You get the story of Aguirre the man behind the Werner Herzog film The most interesting thing from my perspective was how Spain intended to conuer China from the Philippines Those in charge figured that if Cortes defeated the Aztec and Pizarro the Inca why not us the Chinese Wow was that ever off It was also under Philip II that Portugal became part of Spain There was a dynastic dispute there and he inserted himself in the middle of it There are other nuggets here and there but my overall reaction is one of considerable disappointment Yeah this isn t nearly what I was hoping for when I picked it up The lead description Of Hugh Thomas World Without End suggests the term magisterial for this work I guess the appropriateness of that description depends on our definition Certainly there is a monumental amount of research that went into the writing But the result was for me disappointing It is the euivalent of a long list of names dates and places a much compelling history of the Spanish empire is out there somewhere For me this work was short on analysis insight and even the drama that well written history provides the reader A nonfiction book the third in a trilogy about the Spanish Empire This one focuses on the time period of King Philip s reign 1527 1598 though it s concerned with the country s new colonies than anything happening in Philip s court itself The book is organized by place we ve got New Spain modern Mexico and the surrounding areas Peru the former Incan empire or less newly conuered areas of South America Chile Paraguay Guyana etc and the Philippines Argh this book This fucking book First of all it took me over two weeks to rea. Not to invade China the attentions of the colonists clergymen sailors soldiers and officials of the Spanish Empire were no longer turned to its expansion their focus instead became its management These were the decades in which modern history began. E While moving through the mass of names in the work is occasionally challenging gaining a better idea of the inner workings of the colonial government and a nuanced picture of Philip II makes it well worth the effort I am currently researching the golden age of Spain which was the reason I ve picked this book While IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE AUTHOR KNOWS HIS MATERIAL is obvious that the author knows his material Was Somewhat Surprising To somewhat surprising to how hard he tries to exonerate atrocities the Spaniards left in their wake in the South and Central America Before my recent trip to Peru I was able to research the conuest and its outcome Well it was one of the most horrifying examples of genocide in human history devised and manufactured by imperial Spain With this in mind I had a hard time following the author s attempts to justify what was done in Spanish colonies He stated that Spain rebuilt and improved life in Peru and Mexico and how their native populations loved their fryars and how talented Spanish architects built beautiful cathedrals instead of pagan temples I ve Well this was a pretty damn disappointing book Thomas is a historian from Britain who has written several books about Spain many from its imperial heyday So I was expecting this to be something than it was frankly Maybe my impressions going in were too high That s possible But this book reminded me of a locally produced county history written in the 19th century just on a grander scale That s not a good thing What do I mean by that Well ever heard the story of a bunch of blindfolded men given a part of the elephant and asked to describe what they re holding One guy is given the tusk and has to describe it One the tail Another a leg The point is they have a sense of their section of the elephant but not much sense of the beast as a whole This book felt a little like that I never really got a grand overall sense of this first global empire Here s some chapters on Iberia Now some on New Spain Now some on Peru Now some on the Paraguay region Oh here s the Philippines It was all so compartmentalized Even within the chapters Thomas often takes a structural approach For example let s look at the opening sections on the government in Iberia itself Thomas primarily discusses the leading government institutions and then desc. Itory that stretched from Cuba to Peru and of the final conuests of the greatest empire that the world had then seen since the fall of Rome 1000 ears before By the time of Philip II's death and after his startling decision made in his final ears. ,
Impressive research I agree with some OF THE REVIEWS THAT EXPRESSED A the reviews that expressed a for analysis But I was enlightened by learning about the extensiveness and legacy of the Spanish empire Somehow this was a hole in my historical education so I benefited from reading the book This history looks at the Spanish Empire in Latin America and Asia The book begins with a discussion of conditions in Spain at the time and then looks at the colonies and their relationship with the mother country The book is well written and insightful but was a little hard to follow in some parts for someone unfamiliar with Spanish history and empire Purchase World Without End here for just 15 The final volume of Hugh Thomas trilogy about the Spanish Empire World Without End is an intelligent and insightful look at Spain through the perspective of Philip II An interesting and Spain through the perspective of Philip II An interesting and paced read Elisa The Book Grocer Somewhat late in life I ve discovered Latin America and so have been looking for good general histories of the Spanish Conuest period While I found much in this and its companion books of great interest in the end the entire series was thoroughly unsatisfying Clearly the author is an expert in this field but these books would have benefited from an entirely critical editing process Finding the narrative and larger story in the midst of excessive pedantic details just becomes a hard slog The author made the egregious error of defending the Spanish empire instead of describing it By the end he suggested that Spanish rule would have been less devastating to China than other regimes for reasons I put up with the author s idiosyncrasies in the previous books because he was an informative storyteller but this volume had few redeeming features The author spent too much space on inconseuential details and not enough on i Full disclosure I won this in a Goodreads giveaway Hugh Thomas and not enough on i Full disclosure I won this in a Goodreads giveaway Hugh Thomas the fascinating rise of the Spanish Empire beginning in the Americas with New Spain and ending with the Spanish dominion of the Philippines The reach of Spain truly was global with ambitions to go even further at the end of the period under discussion Spanish officials were making serious preparations for an invasion of China an idea which gradually fell by the waysid. Following Rivers of Gold and The Golden Age World Without End is the conclusion of a magisterial three volume history of the Spanish Empire by Hugh Thomas its foremost worldwide authority World Without End tells the story of life in a conuered terr.


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