Europe and England in the Sixteenth Century

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CONTENTS
List of illustrations and supporting materialxii
Introduction: How to Use This Bookxv
PART ITHE WESTERN EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT
Chapter OneThe Sixteenth Century in Context3
Western Europe as a unit 5
The political map of Western Europe 5
International relations 6
Population 8
Monarchy 9
The nobility 11
The commons 12
Patterns of trade and commerce 15
‘Distance, the first enemy’ 17
The fear of the Turk 18
Chapter TwoThe Intellectual Context of the Sixteenth Century21
The religion of Western Europe 23
The Church 23
Themes of religious controversy 26
The Renaissance 27
Towards an Italian Renaissance 28
The political and intellectual impact of Humanism 32
The Northern Renaissance 33
Chapter ThreeThe European Reconnaissance37
The historical debate 39
The Portuguese achievement 39
The origins of Spanish expansion 40
Early Spanish settlement 42
The conquistadores43
The administration of Spanish America 45
The economy of Spanish America 46
The impact upon the native population 48
Atlantic communications 49
The technology of reconnaissance 49
The Portuguese in the East Indies 50
The Portuguese in Africa and in Brazil 51
The Portuguese empire in decline 52
Interlopers 53

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