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conquerors: how portugal forged the first global empire-roger crowley-9780812994001

CONQUERORS: HOW PORTUGAL FORGED THE FIRST GLOBAL EMPIRE

Historia de los países de Europa

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In "Empires of the Sea "and" City of Fortune, New York Times" bestselling author Roger Crowley established himself as our generation s preeminent historian of the great European seafaring empires, and the go-to author for post-Crusade clashes of East and West. Now, in "Conquerors, " Crowley gives us the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers a tactical advantage no other country could match. Portugal s discovery of a sea route to India, campaign of imperial conquest over Muslim rulers, and domination of the spice trade would forever disrupt the Mediterranean and build the first global economy. C…
In "Empires of the Sea "and" City of Fortune, New York Times" bestselling author Roger Crowley established himself as our generation s preeminent historian of the great European seafaring empires, and the go-to author for post-Crusade clashes of East and West. Now, in "Conquerors, " Crowley gives us the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers a tactical advantage no other country could match. Portugal s discovery of a sea route to India, campaign of imperial conquest over Muslim rulers, and domination of the spice trade would forever disrupt the Mediterranean and build the first global economy. Crowley relies on letters and eyewitness testimony to tell the story of tiny Portugal s rapid and breathtaking rise to power. "Conquerors" reveals the Imperio Portugues in all of its splendor and ferocity, bringing to life the personalities of the enterprising and fanatical house of Aviz. Figures such as King Manuel the Fortunate, Joao II the Perfect Prince, marauding governor Afonso de Albuquerque, and explorer Vasco da Gama juggled their private ambitions and the public aims of the empire, often suffering astonishing losses in pursuit of a global fortune. Also central to the story of Portugal s ascent was its drive to eradicate Islamic culture and establish a Christian empire in the Indian Ocean. Portuguese explorers pushed deep into the African continent in search of the mythical Christian king Prester John, and they ruthlessly besieged Indian port cities in their attempts to monopolize trade. The discovery of a route to India around the horn of Africa was not only a brilliant breakthrough in navigation but heralded a complete upset of the world order. For the next century, no European empire was more ambitious, no rulers more rapacious than the kings of Portugal. In the process they created the first long-range maritime empire and set in motion the forces of globalization that now shape our world. At Crowley s hand, the complete story of the Portuguese empire and the human cost of its ambition can finally be told. Praise for "Conquerors" Excellent . . . Crowley s interpretations are nuanced and fair

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ROGER CROWLEY

Roger Crowley nació en 1951 y estudió en Cambridge. Su padre fue oficial de la Marina británica y Roger pasó parte de su infancia en Malta y ha vivido en Estambul. Su libro Imperios del mar (Ático de los Libros) fue galardonado con el premio al Libro de Historia del año en 2009 por el Sunday Times y apareció en las listas de los más vendidos de The New York Times. Crowley es autor, además, de Constantinopla 1453, Venecia. Ciudad de fortuna y El mar sin fin (publicados por Ático de los Libros). Sus obras lo confirman como uno de los historiadores que más y mejor ha escrito sobre el Mediterráneo, un mar cuyo pasado y presente conoce a la perfección. Ver ficha del autor
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