By Jonathan Hart
In keeping with wide archival study, Contesting Empires appears to be like on the past contest of empires within the New global, specifically between Spain, France, and England, after which examines the competition to empire, the merchandising of empire, and the query of slavery. Hart's dialogue of slavery additionally levels from early Arab, African and Portuguese practices in Africa and past, to the felony abolition of slavery within the British empire, the USA and somewhere else within the 19th century.
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Extra resources for Contesting Empires: Opposition, Promotion, and Slavery
From the 1580s until the Peace of Utrecht, which ended the War of the Spanish Succession, and beyond, shifts in the balance of power changed the relations between other European nations and Spain. By 1713 the power of Louis XIV, including the possibility of France and Spain being united under the rule of the House of Bourbon, threatened other nations in the region. ”110 The British experienced something quite like the anxiety the French suffered when Mary I and Philip married in the 1550s. France was emerging as the Continental great power, so that it was becoming and would remain the chief rival to Britain in Europe and America during the eighteenth century.
Various other important spheres of influence preoccupied Duplessis-Mornay’s analysis of countermeasures against Spanish power. ”89 Other fronts would also distract the Spanish. ”91 This plan sounds very much like one of Drake’s ventures, so that the Huguenot and English strategies against Spain, as the figure of Jean Ribault and the work of Richard Hakluyt the Younger also suggest, were often intertwined. ”93 The cruel Spaniard, a staple of the Black Legend of Spain, makes an appearance in Duplessis-Mornay, as it had in Le Challeux and Benzoni and would, almost at the same time, in Hakluyt.
For a brief moment, there was, however, the possibility of the union of Spain and England and an heir for Mary and Philip. However much time did not bear out that great imperial theme, and actually embodied a greater split between the Spanish and English nations, some hope of a greater glory affected a writer, like Richard Eden, who in his own career moved ambivalently between support for and suspicion of the idea of union and the imperial marriage itself. Eden also tried to bring the English up-to-date on geography and exploration: in 1553, A Treatyse of the newe India, his translation of a part of the fifth book of Sebastian Münster’s cosmography, came out and was dedicated After Spain 15 to John Dudley, earl of Warwick and duke of Northumberland, who supported Lady Jane Grey, which later made it hard for Eden to win the firm support of Mary I no matter how much he motivated his later rhetoric to that end.
Contesting Empires: Opposition, Promotion, and Slavery by Jonathan Hart