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

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

Hugh Thomas

The legacy of imperial Spain was shaped by many hands. Chief among them is the towering figure of King Philip II, the cultivated Spanish monarch whom a contemporary once called "the arbiter of the world." Cheerful and pious, he inherited vast authority from his father, but nevertheless felt himself unworthy to wield it. His forty-two-year reign changed the face of the globe forever. Alongside Philip we find the entitled descendants of New Spain's original explorers-men who, like their king, came into possession of land they never conquered and wielded supremacy they never sought. Here too are the Roman Catholic religious leaders of the Americas, whose internecine struggles created possibilities that the emerging Jesuit order was well-positioned to fill. With the sublime stories of arms and armadas, kings and conquistadors come tales of the ridiculous: the opulent parties of New Spain's wealthy hedonists and the unexpected movement to encourage Philip II to conquer China. Finally, Hugh Thomas unearths the first indictments of imperial Spain's labor rights abuses in the Americas-and the early attempts by its more enlightened rulers and planters to address them. Written in the brisk, flowing narrative style that has come to define Hugh Thomas's work, the final volume of this acclaimed trilogy stands alone as a history of an empire making the transition from conquest to inheritance-a history that Thomas reveals through the fascinating lives of the people who made it.

The legacy of imperial Spain was shaped by many hands. Chief among them is the towering figure of King Philip II, the cultivated Spanish monarch whom a contemporary once called "the arbiter of the world." Cheerful and pious, he inherited vast authority from his father, but nevertheless felt himself unworthy to wield it. His forty-two-year reign changed the face of the globe forever. Alongside Philip we find the entitled descendants of New Spain's original explorers-men who, like their king, came into possession of land they never conquered and wielded supremacy they never sought. Here too are the Roman Catholic religious leaders of the Americas, whose internecine struggles created possibilities that the emerging Jesuit order was well-positioned to fill. With the sublime stories of arms and armadas, kings and conquistadors come tales of the ridiculous: the opulent parties of New Spain's wealthy hedonists and the unexpected movement to encourage Philip II to conquer China. Finally, Hugh Thomas unearths the first indictments of imperial Spain's labor rights abuses in the Americas-and the early attempts by its more enlightened rulers and planters to address them. Written in the brisk, flowing narrative style that has come to define Hugh Thomas's work, the final volume of this acclaimed trilogy stands alone as a history of an empire making the transition from conquest to inheritance-a history that Thomas reveals through the fascinating lives of the people who made it.
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Genres:

History

Description:

The legacy of imperial Spain was shaped by many hands. Chief among them is the towering figure of King Philip II, the cultivated Spanish monarch whom a contemporary once called "the arbiter of the world." Cheerful and pious, he inherited vast authority from his father, but nevertheless felt himself unworthy to wield it. His forty-two-year reign changed the face of the globe forever. Alongside Philip we find the entitled descendants of New Spain's original explorers-men who, like their king, came into possession of land they never conquered and wielded supremacy they never sought. Here too are the Roman Catholic religious leaders of the Americas, whose internecine struggles created possibilities that the emerging Jesuit order was well-positioned to fill. With the sublime stories of arms and armadas, kings and conquistadors come tales of the ridiculous: the opulent parties of New Spain's wealthy hedonists and the unexpected movement to encourage Philip II to conquer China. Finally, Hugh Thomas unearths the first indictments of imperial Spain's labor rights abuses in the Americas-and the early attempts by its more enlightened rulers and planters to address them. Written in the brisk, flowing narrative style that has come to define Hugh Thomas's work, the final volume of this acclaimed trilogy stands alone as a history of an empire making the transition from conquest to inheritance-a history that Thomas reveals through the fascinating lives of the people who made it.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Shaun Grindell

Length:

15h 4m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

33:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

35:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

25:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

45:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

33:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

33:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

38:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

44:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

33:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

39:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

35:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

27:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

34:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

48:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

46:11