World Without End: Spain, Philip II, and the First Global Empire

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The subjugation of the New World involved far more than just conquistadors; Spain sent administrators of every stripe: governors, soldiers, priests, missionaries; each of these had a key role to play in running the far-flung colonies of the Spanish empire. World Without End covers these various roles in exacting detail. It is a fascinating tale, and like all history, it is made up individuals. The problem is the scope – there are so many actors here that you feel dizzied by their frenetic dance into and out of the administrative picture. It is impossible to keep them straight, and the necessarily brief mentions leave you feeling lost in the meaningless tangle of names and dates – like your worst nightmares from high school history. However, this exhaustive compilation is easy to read, extremely informative, and, if you don’t worry too much about keeping everyone straight, you can see the important philosophical and ideological arcs that informed this era, and which still have relevance to Latin American culture and politics today. This is an important book that is well worth reading; just be glad there won’t be a test at the end.


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Author Hugh Thomas
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 496 pages
Publisher Random House
Publish Date 2015-Aug-11
ISBN 9780812998115
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Issue December 2015
Category History
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