(PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas


World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II

Hugh Thomas ↠ 1 REVIEW REVIEW ¶ World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II 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 years before By the time of Philip II's death and after his startling decision made in his final years. 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 it was somewhat surprising to me 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 heard and read very very different descriptions of what had happened there I also saw the remains of the mind blowing Inca structures what Spaniards were not able to destroy and pieces of uniue ancient art which somehow escaped greedy hands of Spaniards who melted most of them into bricks of gold to ship them back to Spain Overall besides this major disagreement with the author I felt that the book was very uneven and contained many unnecessary details which did not in my opinion contribute to the narrative I am a very tolerant reader but I sometimes was bored to death by long descriptions of minor nobles and their parents and their siblings and their cousins who at the end brought nothing to the story I forced myself to finish the book hoping that maybe at the end it would get better but it did not The epilogue reiterated how Spain enlightened the natives and brought peace and prosperity to the region Frankly I was speechless

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Hugh Thomas ↠ 1 REVIEW REVIEW ¶ World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II 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. 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 read and it s not that long about 400 pages which no book has done to me since I don t even know when It s been years at least It s so unbelievably boring that every page was like trudging through thick mud And since I spend a significant portion of my time reading articles from academic journals or PhD theses when I say something is boring it s not because I m unfamiliar with the conventions of the genre Another reviewer compared it to a locally produced county history and that is the perfect description Endless lists of names characterized only by the town they were born in who they were relatives of and the dates they served in various government posts Got that Long accounts of debates over tax rates or how to classify property Yup Analysis or insightful connection making None But important than its mind numbing lifelessness World Without End is shockingly racist I ll share just a few of the uotes I highlighted while reading Each subdivision had its particular name thus the children of blacks and whites were mulattos a useful designation which nobody seems to employ in our morally opaue twenty first century Of course the friars knew that vestigial idolatry continued but such offenses were punished with nothing serious than the occasional whippingAh yes the nothing serious of being whipped for trying to practice your own religion Many slaves seemed at that time to prefer white masters to their indigenous black ones Most slaves were bought as such having been enslaved in AfricaHOW WOULD YOU EVEN KNOW THAT FIRST CLAIM What the hell sort of historical record is he using here This line is of course not footnotedIn which Thomas endorses a ridiculous Spanish claim that it was going to conuer all of China using only 12 ships Had it been approved it would have amounted to the grand climax of a hundred years of Spanish conuests and struggles Had it happened it would surely have brought less deprivation to China than occurred under the Manchu dynasty and certainly less than under the terrible communist era of the twentieth centuryBut don t worry Thomas does not restrain his bigotry to non white races He s got plenty of condescension for women too He barely mentions them throughout the book which fine It s a history of conuistadors He could have made of an effort but I understand that he s working from a limited source But every women that does get mentioned is beautiful I AM SO NOT KIDDING The new ueen still only fourteen years old had a dark and Italian complexion recalling her Medici forbears She was vivacious and attractive pg 27 Philip s mother was the beautiful strong minded and unbending Empress Isabel pg 28 His famously one eyed yet beautiful wife Ana pg 43 She was born in 1586 and the Indian maid who looked after her in her cot as a baby saw that she had two beautifully formed roses on her cheeks pg 148 The delightful conuistadora Mencia de Nidos a woman as beautiful as she was brave pg 153 Ursua s beautiful mestiza mistress Ines de Atienza She was renowned in the 1550s as the most beautiful woman in Peru pg 212 a two for one Unfortunately the prior s mother was a beautiful conversa Violante Gomes pg 231 The tale of the beautiful gallega Isabel de Barreto pg 327 Another daughter of Montezuma the apparently beautiful Techuipo pg 333By the way I gathered these by running a search on the text for she and can report that both sheep and metaphorical shes countries and boats mostly far outnumber actual womenThomas also spends multiple chapters eulogizing the work of friars priests and missionaries the buildings they constructed the books they wrote the languages they learned the numbers they converted etc etc In their turn the work of nuns get this one paragraph out of the entire book The nuns included brillant cooks They made pretty dresses for the ever present images of the Virgin They chanted charming cradle songs and were from time to time allowed to swoon in amorous ecstasyI could go on but I think y all get the point But I do want to share one uote the final paragraph of the entire book which I feel really puts a cap on all the crazy shit that came beforehand The Spanish empire lasted three centuries from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century Its last remnants only fell in 1898 following the Spanish American war in Cuba over 400 years after Columbus had embarked for the Caribbean Spain had left behind a Catholic religion and innumerable monuments a tradition and much literature Above all it had created dependencies which matured successfully into the new independent countries of Latin America Wars in this region are rare In comparison with the rest of the world Latin America now seems an oasis of peaceIf I could give World Without End less than one star I absolutely would I want to give it negative starsI read this as an ARC via NetGalley

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Hugh Thomas ↠ 1 REVIEW REVIEW ¶ World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II 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. 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

  • Hardcover
  • 496
  • World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II
  • Hugh Thomas
  • English
  • 17 February 2018
  • 9780812998115

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    (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas 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

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    Hugh Thomas ↠ 1 REVIEW READ ´ TACUAREMBOFC.CO ↠ Hugh Thomas (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas 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 your 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

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    (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas 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 lo

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    (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas Hugh Thomas ↠ 1 REVIEW REVIEW World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II 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 it was somewhat surprising to me how hard he tries to exonerate atrocities the Spaniards left in their wake in the South and Central America Before my recent trip

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    (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas Full disclosure I won this in a Goodreads giveaway Hugh Thomas charts the fascinating rise of the Spanish Empire beginning in the Americas with New Spain and ending with the Spanish dominion of the Philippines Th

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    (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas The author made the egregious error of defending the Spanish empire instead of describing it By the end he sugg

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    (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas 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 th

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    (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas READ ´ TACUAREMBOFC.CO ↠ Hugh Thomas REVIEW World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II 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 interesti

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    REVIEW World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II (PDF/EPUB) [World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II] ↠ Hugh Thomas READ ´ TACUAREMBOFC.CO ↠ Hugh Thomas 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 boo

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    REVIEW World Without End The Global Empire of Philip II Hugh Thomas ↠ 1 REVIEW READ ´ TACUAREMBOFC.CO ↠ Hugh Thomas Impressive research I agree with some of the reviews that expressed a preference 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

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