The Spanish empire in America was the first of the great seaborne empires of western Europe; it was for long the richest and the most formidable, the focus of envy, fear, and hatred. Its haphazard beginning dates from 1492; it was to last more than three hundred years before breaking up in the early nineteenth century in civil wars between rival generals and "liberators."AThe Spanish empire in America was the first of the great seaborne empires of western Europe; it was for long the richest and the most formidable, the focus of envy, fear, and hatred. Its haphazard beginning dates from 1492; it was to last more than three hundred years before breaking up in the early nineteenth century in civil wars between rival generals and "liberators."Available now for the first time in paperback is J. H. Parry's classic assessment of the impact of Spain on the Americas. Parry presents a broad picture of the conquests of Cortès and Pizarro and of the economic and social consequences in Spain of the effort to maintain control of vast holdings. He probes the complex administration of the empire, its economy, social structure, the influence of the Church, the destruction of the Indian cultures and the effect of their decline on Spanish policy. As we approach the quincentenary of Columbus's arrival in the Americas, Parry provides the historical basis for a new consideration of the former Spanish colonies of Latin America and the transformation of pre-Columbian cultures to colonial states....
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The Spanish Seaborne Empire Reviews
Every other sentence in this book contains critical information about Latin American history. It is factually comprehensive for its size (but it does have some omissions that are unfortunate) and draws few conclusions. It lets the reader determine how and why Latin America developed the way it did culturally, religiously, militarily, politically, economically, academically and socially (to a lesser extent). It covers from around 1492 to the early 1800's, so it left me with many questions, especially about the individuals involved. The best part of the book is probably The Creole Revolt. The book inevitably "jumps around" from place to place and even century to century, which is dizzying but the author had to; some concepts were broken down topically, opposed to chronologically.
An excellent & complex look at a complex Empire. Parry shows how the Empire came to take the structure(s) it did, how and why it disintegrated and many other things. Its relationship to trade, to the Church and to racial relations are all topics that Parry illuminates.
Fantastically interesting, floridly written and very informative. This book was a pleasure to read and easy to understand and digest.This book hardly shows its age either, aside from a few anachronistic names there's very little here that doesn't stand the test of time.
The economic and social ramifications really struck me - maybe there is another empire that is going the way of the Spanish one on which the sun never set.