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Imperial Ambition in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Genoese Merchants and the Spanish Crown


  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107062368

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  • This book examines the alliance between the Spanish Crown and Genoese merchant bankers in southern Italy throughout the early modern era, when Spain and Genoa developed a symbiotic economic relationship, undergirded by a cultural and spiritual alliance. Analyzing early modern imperialism, migration, and trade, this book shows that the spiritual entente between the two nations was mainly informed by the religious division of the Mediterranean Sea. The Turkish threat in the Mediterranean reinforced the commitment of both the Spanish Crown and the Genoese merchants to Christianity. Spain's imperial strategy was reinforced by its willingness to acculturate to southern Italy through organized beneficence, representation at civic ceremonies, and spiritual guidance during religious holidays.

    • Will find an audience among people and scholars interested in early modern European history, Spanish history, Italian history, Mediterranean history, and social and cultural history
    • Using southern Italy as a test case, Dauverd discusses how Genoese finances enabled Spanish ascendency on the European continent
    • This book demonstrates that the spiritual entente between the two nations was mainly informed by the religious division of the Mediterranean Sea
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book's greatest strength is its call for further examination of the importance of the Genoese diaspora in southern Italy and its insistence on a re-evaluation of both the governance of the Kingdom of Naples and the pivotal role of that kingdom in the Spanish Empire.' Thomas Kirk, The Journal of Modern History

    'The book shows convincingly that the symbiosis between the mercantile empire and the dynastic one 'was not just a matter of economics, as the current historiography suggests, but was also underpinned and strengthened by powerful sociocultural ties'.' Rolf Petri, European History Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107062368
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 2 maps 6 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Empires of the Renaissance, 1453–1650: the Genoese response to shifting alliances in the Mediterranean
    2. Genoese emporium and Spanish imperium in the Kingdom of Naples
    3. Commercial ascension through silk: Genoese artisans, merchants, bakers
    4. Achieving favorite nation status: the economic journey of the Genoese
    5. The Genoese merchants: between the viceroys' buon governo and Habsburg expansion
    6. Holy Week: the Genoese in the ceremonial triptych
    7. The Genoese eye of the storm: spiritual competition in church, sea, and grave
    8. The Genoese participation in charitable institutions.

  • Author

    Céline Dauverd, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Céline Dauverd is Assistant Professor of History and a board member of the Mediterranean Studies Group at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on sociocultural relations between Spain and Italy during the early modern era (1450–1650). She has published articles in the Sixteenth Century Journal, the Journal of World History, Mediterranean Studies, and the Journal of Levantine Studies.

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