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This attempt to squeeze more than three hundred years of imperial and colonial history into two hundred pages is a success but not a triumph. The narrative is a balanced one with due attention to wars, internal politics and economics. The author is very competent and provides a lot of sage generalizations that help this book to win an otherwise uncertain battle for readers against Wikipedia articles. It is truly a worthy example of structuring vast amounts of information into a concise form. The ...more
This is a very interesting viewpoint about how can a country with all the opportunities that Spain had; waste all and every penny in absurd and lost wars; and be now in a precarious economic situation. It is like it doesn't just happen to celebrities: whole countries also suffer from some rare disease driven by greed and the desire of having it all and having it all right now. Spain had it all: an endless flow of gold; silver; goods; species and human workforce enough to be the world greatest po ...more
Pretty good coverage of Spain's history. Gives accounts from before Spain was born and all the benefits and problems that happened during the empire era. Political unions seems to sum up the politics of Spain. Maltby did such a great job at representing the growth of the empire to the point that it was hard to understand how Spain sustained an empire for so long. The New and Old World colonies were more expensive than they were worth. Battles on various theaters contemporaneously. Having a monar ...more
William S. Maltby, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St Louis. He has written widely on the subject of Spain and the Spanish Empire in the sixteenth century and related topics.More about William S. Maltby...