El imperio español
Author: Hugh Thomas
Publisher: Editorial Planeta
El imperio español fue una de las más grandes creaciones políticas europeas. Concebido a principios del siglo xvi, perduró trescientos años en la América continental y casi otros setenta en el Caribe y Filipinas. Hugh Thomas, con el estilo que le ha granjeado tantos lectores, emprende un estudio completo de la génesis de este imperio, mostrándonos las hazañas de las dos primeras generaciones de exploradores, colonizadores, gobernadores y misioneros que abrieron el camino al imperio americano de España. De la caída de Granada al viaje de Magallanes, pasando por el descubrimiento de Colón o la coronación de Carlos V, Hugh Thomas se embarca en la narración épica de una de las más grandes aventuras de la humanidad.
El origen perdido
Author: Matilde Asensi
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
Una extraña enfermedad que ha dejado a su hermano en estado vegetativo lleva al hacker y empresario informático Arnau Queralt a emprender una investigación arqueológica para encontrar el remedio. De forma sorprendente, se verá inmerso en una aventura que le llevará a la historia del Imperio Inca, las ruinas de Tiwanacu y la selva amazónica, tras las huellas de una civilización perdida. El lector sigue con Arnau y sus amigos, Marc y Lola, este viaje a través del conocimiento, descubriendo algunos misterios sin resolver en la historia de la Humanidad, las paradojas de la Teoría de la Evolución y el verdadero papel de los españoles en la conquista de América. Una novela deslumbrante que reta al lector a un juego de inteligencia y le conduce hasta una meta cuya clave está en el poder de las palabras.
Beaumarchais in Seville
Author: Hugh Thomas
Publisher: Yale University Press
Despite the differences of their subject matter, science and theology have a cousinly relationship, John Polkinghorne contends in his latest thought-provoking book. From his unique perspective as both theoretical physicist and Anglican priest, Polkinghorne considers aspects of quantum physics and theology and demonstrates that the two truth-seeking enterprises are engaged in analogous rational techniques of inquiry. His exploration of the deep connections between science and theology shows with new clarity a common kinship in the search for truth. The author identifies and explores key similarities in quantum physics and Christology. Among the many parallels he identifies are patterns of historical development in quantum physics and in Christology; wrestling with perplexities such as quantum interpretation and the problem of evil; and the drive for an overarching view in the Grand Unified Theories of physics and in Trinitarian theology. Both theology and science are propelled by a desire to understand the world through experienced reality, and Polkinghorne explains that their viewpoints are by no means mutually exclusive.
Spain's Pursuit of Destiny
Author: Howard Headworth
Publisher: New Generation Publishing
It is 1493. The Catholic Monarchs have vanquished the Muslim kingdom of al-Andalus and banished the Jews from Spain. Our hero, Don Pedro Togeiro, has joined Spain's greatest military commander, Don Gonzalo Fernandez of Cordoba, the Gran Capitan himself, to expel the marauding French forces from Italy, while his sultry raven-haired Moorish wife, Raquel, has accompanied Princess Juana to Flanders for her wedding to the womanising Archduke Philip of Austria where he savagely assaults her. Meanwhile, the dynastic Borgias are scandalising Rome and in the Indies Christopher Columbus continues his search for gold, convinced that he's reached China. Spain is on the threshold of greatness as Isabel and Fernando forge its destiny, but fate intervenes. Famine, earthquake and disease decimate Spain, while the tragic death of three heirs to the throne and the growing madness of heiress Juana draw Spain inexorably into the Habsburg Empire. Spain's Pursuit of Destiny: The Columbus Years, Howard Headworth's brilliant follow-up to The Al-Andalus Chronicle, has a rich blend of personal drama, historical detail and a superb sense of place. Raquel's ordeal, Pedro's kidnap in Tuscany and the epic battle of Cerignola are laid like bright tapestries before our present-day eyes. When Pedro's family, following the destruction of their castle-home, decide to seek new pastures in the West Indies, the picture is complete, and we have Spain's chequered destiny in a nutshell.
Who mediated intercultural exchanges in 9th-century East Asia or in early voyages to the Americas? Did the Soviets or the Americans invent simultaneous interpreting equipment? How did the US government train its first Chinese interpreters? Why is it that Taiwanese interpreters were executed for Japanese war crimes? Bringing together papers from an international symposium held at Rikkyo University in 2014 along with two select pieces, this volume pursues such questions in an eclectic exploration of the practice of interpreting, the recruitment of interpreters, and the challenges interpreters have faced in diplomacy, colonization, religion, war, and occupation. It also introduces innovative use of photography, artifacts, personal journals, and fiction as tools for the historical study of interpreters and interpreting. Targeted at practitioners, scholars, and students of interpreting, translation, and history, the new insights presented in the ten original articles aim to spark discussion and research on the vital roles interpreters have played in intercultural communication through history. Now Open Access as part of the Knowledge Unlatched 2017 Backlist Collection.
Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably. This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende's inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.
Francisco de Vitoria en las cuestiones de Indias refleja la lucha contra la marginación, contra la injusticia y la defensa de los derechos humanos, de los individuos y de los pueblos. El dominico burgalés (1483-1546) no publicó nada en vida, salvo cuatro prólogos a diversas obras. Nos queda esencialmente la labor como docente, en la cátedra de Prima de Teología, de la Universidad de Salamanca. A través de lecciones, relecciones, cartas, pareceres y dictámenes nos transmite un mensaje que afirma la paz, la tolerancia y la libertad.
The dynamics of the maritime world has held the fascination of researchers and scholars of history for long. Viewing the waterscapes as conduits of much economic and cultural sharing between peoples and lands, the focus of Networks in the First Global Age: 1400-1800 is on the oceans and seas--the Indian, the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea--and economic, military and cultural transmissions within and across them.The book shows how conventional arguments in history writing about the rise of theWest, the hegemon of the State and the might of overseas colonial empires can beoverturned by emphasizing on dynamic, collaborative, nonlinear networks as opposed toformal networks based on hierarchy. Such networks signal a completely different pictureabout global interactions in the period 1400-1800, emphasizing the centrality of peoples andcommodities at different times in different parts of the world. More importantly, the bookchallenges chronological readings and urges us to think spatially instead.With contributions from Indian, American, French and Iberian scholars, Networks in the First Global Age: 1400-1800 tells us what happens when the sea of history meets the sea ofnetwork analysis.
HEREDEROS DE PROTEO
Author: SUÁREZ SANCHEZ DE LEÓN, JUAN LUIS
Publisher: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Huelva
Este trabajo se basa en el estudio de la diferenciación y desarrollo del humanismo español. Diferenciación respecto de otros proyectos que también ayudan a definir el comienzo de la época moderna, pero frente a los cuales el humanismo se conforma como proyecto de cultura. Desarrollo, porque es precisamente su materialización en cuanto proyecto la que va mostrándonos diferentes aspectos del mismo conforme intervenga en los ámbitos de la organización social, la educación y la política. La vinculación con el ámbito de la política será una de sus constantes, pero esta relación se planteará en función de diversos paradigmas intelectuales, los cuales llevan al humanismo español a transitar las disciplinas de la historiografía, la filología y la teología.
Rivers of Gold
Author: Hugh Thomas
Publisher: Random House
From one of the greatest historians of the Spanish world, here is a fresh and fascinating account of Spain’s early conquests in the Americas. Hugh Thomas’s magisterial narrative of Spain in the New World has all the characteristics of great historical literature: amazing discoveries, ambition, greed, religious fanaticism, court intrigue, and a battle for the soul of humankind. Hugh Thomas shows Spain at the dawn of the sixteenth century as a world power on the brink of greatness. Her monarchs, Fernando and Isabel, had retaken Granada from Islam, thereby completing restoration of the entire Iberian peninsula to Catholic rule. Flush with success, they agreed to sponsor an obscure Genoese sailor’s plan to sail west to the Indies, where, legend purported, gold and spices flowed as if they were rivers. For Spain and for the world, this decision to send Christopher Columbus west was epochal—the dividing line between the medieval and the modern. Spain’s colonial adventures began inauspiciously: Columbus’s meagerly funded expedition cost less than a Spanish princess’s recent wedding. In spite of its small scale, it was a mission of astounding scope: to claim for Spain all the wealth of the Indies. The gold alone, thought Columbus, would fund a grand Crusade to reunite Christendom with its holy city, Jerusalem. The lofty aspirations of the first explorers died hard, as the pursuit of wealth and glory competed with the pursuit of pious impulses. The adventurers from Spain were also, of course, curious about geographical mysteries, and they had a remarkable loyalty to their country. But rather than bridging earth and heaven, Spain’s many conquests bore a bitter fruit. In their search for gold, Spaniards enslaved “Indians” from the Bahamas and the South American mainland. The eloquent protests of Bartolomé de las Casas, here much discussed, began almost immediately. Columbus and other Spanish explorers—Cortés, Ponce de León, and Magellan among them—created an empire for Spain of unsurpassed size and scope. But the door was soon open for other powers, enemies of Spain, to stake their claims. Great men and women dominate these pages: cardinals and bishops, priors and sailors, landowners and warriors, princes and priests, noblemen and their determined wives. Rivers of Gold is a great story brilliantly told. More significant, it is an engrossing history with many profound—often disturbing—echoes in the present.
This first-time paperback edition, now updated, describes and analyzes Cuba's history from the English capture of Havana in 1762 through Spanish colonialism, American imperialism, the Cuban Revolution, and the Missile Crisis to Fidel Castro's defiant but precarious present state.
The Spanish Civil War
Author: Hugh Thomas
Publisher: Penguin UK
Though more than half a century has passed since the Spaish Civil War began in 1936, it is still the subject of intense controversy. What was it that roused left wing sympathisers from all over the world to fight for a cause for which their governments would not give active support? In his famous history, Hugh Thomas presents an objective analysis of a conflict - where fascism and democracy, communism and Christianity, centralism and regionalism were all at stake - and which was a much an international civil war as a Spanish one.
Race for the South Pole
Author: Roland Huntford
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
In 1910 Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen set sail for Antarctica, each from his own starting point, and the epic race for the South Pole was on. For the first time Scott's unedited diaries run alongside those of both Amundsen and Olav Bjaaland, never before translated into English. Cutting through the welter of controversy to the events at the heart of the story, Huntford weaves the narrative from the protagonists' accounts of their own fate. What emerges is a whole new understanding of what really happened on the ice and the definitive account of the Race for the South Pole.