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This is truly an excellent book I was not very familiar with the Spanish Empire and it s conquest of the Americas This was a very interesting account of Phillip II s enterprises in the American Hemisphere This book is full of details and anecdotes It does tend to read a bit dry, so if you are not a fan of pure history then this may not be the book for you However, if you are interested in Philip II or the Spanish Empire in America in the wake of the conquistadores then this is a great book for you. 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 The reach of Spain truly was global, with ambitions to go even further at the end of the period under discussion, Spanish officials were making serious preparations for an invasion of China, an idea which gradually fell by the wayside While moving through the mass of names in the work is occasionally challenging, gaining a better idea of the inner workings of the colonial government, and anuanced picture of Philip II, makes it well worth the effort. #FREE DOWNLOAD é World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II õ 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 Conquered Territory That Stretched From Cuba To Peru, And Of The Final Conquests Of The Greatest Empire That The World Had Then Seen Since The Fall Of Rome , Years Before By The Time Of Philip II S Death And After His Startling Decision, Made In His Final Years, 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 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 conquest 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 unique 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. 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. 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 equivalent of a long list of names, dates and places a muchcompelling history of the Spanish empire is out there somewhere For me, this work was short on analysis, insight and even the drama that well written history provides the reader. Impressive research I agree with some of the reviews that expressed a preference foranalysis 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. An engagingly written, fast paced book it nonetheless took me awhile to finish It s not the book, it s me There s a danger in picking up the last in a 3 part history without having first read the other two Again, that s my fault But World Without End passed the stand alone test with aplomb perhaps not with flying colors This is a treatment of the Spanish Empire through the prism of the reign of Philip II Thomas maintains the view that Philip s death in 1598 marked the transition of the Spanish Empire from its expansionary phase to its administrative one Colonial Spain has been much demonized for its brutality toward the indigenous people it conquered, with justification Thomas argues, however, that the Spanish reputation for brutality is somewhat exaggerated by the fact that much of the history on the subject has been written from a British perspective For his part, he points outmoderate voices like Bartolome de las Cases who argued for better treatment of the Indians and of the Franciscan orders When discussing the history of colonial Spain, most people do not mention the Philippines, and this book made me wonder why That conquest, as it were, was made with relatively less rapacity than those in the Americas, and was basedon trade than on pure extraction of resources That the Spanish partially co opted the administrative structure of the places they conquered as empires generally do to one degree or another is a given The Empire at that time was beginning to wind down its expansionary phase, even as Spain had sights on China and Japan World Without Endcloses by positing that in a way the Spanish Empire never really declined Although it no longer formally exists, it remains in a strong linguistic and cultural sense in a large part of the world. El tercero de la serie sobre el imperio espa ol Los dos anteriores trataron el per odo del inicio con los Reyes Cat licos y las conquistas con Carlos V Este se concentra en el reinado de Felipe II y como en los anteriores, Thomas abruma al lector con un alud de informaci n que se concentra m s en las colonias que en la Espa a misma y sus problemas en Europa Son tratados con amplitud los sucesos en M xico, Per , el cono sur, las Filipinas e incluso los planes de invasi n y conquista de China Puede ser una lectura percibida como pesada para el principiante, pero realmente se trata de una exposici n destinada a dar un panorama general del imperio por medio de detalles y peque as piezas de informaci n, como la aventura de Aguirre llevada incluso al cine.En fin, una buena experiencia para el lector. 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..somethingthan it was, frankly Maybe my impressions going in were too high That s possible But this book reminded me of a locally produced county history written in the 19th century, just on a grander scale That s not a good thing What do I mean by that Well, ever heard the story of a bunch of blindfolded men given a part of the elephant and asked to describe what they re holding One guy is given the tusk and has to describe it One the tail Another a leg The point is they have a sense of their section of the elephant, but not much sense of the beast as a whole This book felt a little like that I never really got a grand overall sense of this first global empire Here s some chapters on Iberia Now some on New Spain Now some on Peru Now some on the Paraguay region Oh, here s the Philippines It was all so compartmentalized Even within the chapters, Thomas often takes a structural approach For example, let s look at the opening sections on the government in Iberia itself Thomas primarily discusses the leading government institutions, and then describes the people in charge of them and their personalities It readslike a political science primer circa 1576 I had some sense of what the officials were like, but not much sense what Spain itself was like Then you do that same approach for each other section You learn about viceroysthan the territories they ruled sometimes This is what I mean when I say it s like a county history Those things were often compartmentalized histories focusing on the leading individuals in the county because they re the ones who financed the county history in the first place There are some interesting moments You get the story of Aguirre the man behind the Werner Herzog film The most interesting thing from my perspective was how Spain intended to conquer China from the Philippines Those in charge figured that if Cortes defeated the Aztec and Pizarro the Inca, why not us the Chinese Wow, was that ever off It was also under Philip II that Portugal became part of Spain There was a dynastic dispute there, and he inserted himself in the middle of it There are other nuggets here and there, but my overall reaction is one of considerable disappointment Yeah, this isn t nearly what I was hoping for when I picked it up.