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The Iberian World

1450–1820, 1st Edition

Edited by Fernando Bouza, Pedro Cardim, Antonio Feros


712 pages

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Hardback: 9781138921016
pub: 2019-09-18
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The Iberian World: 1450–1820 brings together, for the first time in English, the latest research in Iberian studies, providing in-depth analysis of fifteenth to early nineteenth century Portugal and Spain, their European possessions and the African, Asian, and American peoples that were under their rule.

Featuring innovative work from leading historians of the Iberian world, the book adopts a strong transnational and comparative approach and offers the reader an interdisciplinary lens through which to view the interactions, entanglements, and conflicts between the many peoples that were part of it. The volume also analyses the relationships and mutual influences between the wide range of actors, polities and centres of power within the Iberian monarchies, and draws on recent advances in the field to examine key aspects such as Iberian expansion, imperial ideologies, and the constitution of colonial societies.

Divided into four parts and combining a chronological approach with a set of in-depth thematic studies, The Iberian World brings together previously disparate scholarly traditions surrounding the history of European empires and raises awareness of the global dimensions of Iberian history. It is essential reading for students and academics of early modern Spain and Portugal.

Table of Contents


Fernando Bouza, Pedro Cardim, and Antonio Feros

Part 1: The Iberian Peninsula (15th-17th Century)

1 The Shaping of the Iberian Polities in the late 15th and early 16th Centuries

Xavier Gil

2 The political constitution of the Iberian monarchies

Pedro Cardim, Antonio Feros, and Gaetano Sabatini

3 The Iberian polities within Europe: politics and the building of monarchies

José Javier Ruiz Ibáñez

4 Religious identities in the Iberian world

Ronnie Po-chia Hsia and Federico Palomo

5 Iberia, North Africa and the Mediterranean

Fernando Rodríguez Mediano

6 The union between Portugal and the Spanish Monarchy (1581-1640)

Jean-Frédéric Schaub

7 The Iberian society

Mafalda Soares da Cunha and Igor Knezevic

8 Gender: structures and roles

Allyson M. Poska and Kirsten Schultz

9 Economies and trade

Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla

10 Cultures and communication across the Iberian world

Fernando Bouza

11 Identities and counter-identities

James S. Amelang and Mercedes García-Arenal

12 Black Africans in the Iberian Peninsula (1400-1820)

Arlindo Caldeira and Antonio Feros

Part 2: Expansion and Empires (15th-17th century)

13 Iberian expansions: the construction of world empires

Giuseppe Marcocci

14 Administration and government of the Iberian empires

Pilar Ponce Leiva and Alexander Ponsen

15 The patterns of Spanish and Portuguese colonisation in America

Stuart B. Schwartz

16 Asians in the Iberian world

Tatiana Seijas and Ângela Barreto Xavier

17 Amerindians in the Iberian world

Maria Regina Celestino de Almeida and Tatiana Seijas

18 The slave trade

Roquinaldo Ferreira and Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva

19 Colonial societies – Asia

Jorge Flores

20. Colonial societies – Atlantic

Ida Altman and Thiago Nascimento Krause

21 Imperial economies

José L. Gasch-Tomás and Susana Münch Miranda

22 The arts and cultures of the Iberian colonial experience

Luisa Elena Alcalá and Nuno Senos

Part 3: The 18th-century Iberian World

23 Enlightened politics in Portugal and Spain

M. Victoria López-Cordón and Nuno Gonçalo Monteiro

24 Enlightened reformism in Iberian culture and science

Hugh Cagle and Matthew J. Crawford

25 Imperial competition in the Americas

Júnia Ferreira Furtado and Gabriel Paquette

26 Reformism in Spanish and Portuguese America

Josep M. Fradera and Gabriel Paquette

27 Social changes within the Iberian world

Michel Bertrand and Fernanda Olival

28 New imperial economies

Regina Grafe and Jorge M. Pedreira

Part 4: The Iberian World in the Age of Revolutions

29 Protest and resistance against colonial rule in Iberian America

Hal Langfur and Charles F. Walker

30 Wars and Revolutions

Jeremy Adelman

31 Spain and Portugal under the newly established liberal regimes

António Manuel Hespanha and José M. Portillo

32 Independences

Anthony McFarlane and João Paulo Pimenta



About the Editors

Fernando Bouza is Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a specialist in early modern Iberian culture and politics. He is the author of Portugal no tempo dos Filipes. Política, cultura, representações (1580-1668) (2000); Communication, knowledge, and memory in early modern Spain (2004); and Hétérographies. Formes de l´écrit au Siècle ´Or espagnol (2010).

Pedro Cardim is Associate Professor of early modern history at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and the author of Portugal unido y separado. Felipe II, la unión de territorios y la condición política del reino de Portugal (2014); and Portugal y la Monarquía Hispánica (ca. 1550-ca. 1715) (2017).

Antonio Feros is Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of numerous publications on early modern Spanish history. He recently published a book entitled Speaking of Spain. The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Hispanic World (2017).

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Africa / North
HISTORY / Latin America / General
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal