Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830
This epic history compares the empires built by Spain and Britain in the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival in the New World to the end of Spanish colonial rule in the early nineteenth century. J. H. Elliott, one of the most distinguished and versatile historians working today, offers us history on a grand scale, contrasting the worlds built by Britain and by Spain on the ruins of the civilizations they encountered and destroyed in North and South America.
Elliott identifies and explains both the similarities and differences in the two empires’ processes of colonization, the character of their colonial societies, their distinctive styles of imperial government, and the independence movements mounted against them. Based on wide reading in the history of the two great Atlantic civilizations, the book sets the Spanish and British colonial empires in the context of their own times and offers us insights into aspects of this dual history that still influence the Americas.
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When I read book I usually take notes and store them here on LibraryThing. That way I can quickly look up the most interesting parts of any book I’ve read and recall what it was about. The number of ... Read full review
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A noted scholar of early modern Spain, Elliott (modern history, emeritus, Univ. of Oxford;Spain and Its World: 1500-1700 ) has expanded his scope with a comparative history of the British and Spanish ... Read full review