By Jonathan Hart
In accordance with broad archival study, Contesting Empires appears to be like on the prior contest of empires within the New global, particularly between Spain, France, and England, after which examines the competition to empire, the promoting 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 criminal abolition of slavery within the British empire, the us and somewhere else within the 19th century.
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100 This discourse is like Hakluyt’s in the same year and it seems as though the Huguenots influenced the English Protestant position in the “American party” who promoted colonization to the New World at the court of Elizabeth I. The Huguenot leadership understood the importance of the struggle in the Netherlands in the fight against Spain, which was represented as the great threat in Europe. In Duplessis-Mornay’s text the success and power of Spain is spelled out almost exclusively in the details of the very plans to wreck them.
60 Even in the face of the French civil wars, this Protestant leader saw ways to counteract the advantage of Spain. France, although it had losses, was enfeebled not in manpower but in concord and discipline. ”61 Here is a foreign policy that external wars makes for internal peace, which would temper any notion that the Huguenot After Spain 25 leadership was interested in tearing the country apart for the sake of religious scruples. ”64 Some key members of the French elite, like some in English court circles, perceived Philip II as a threat.
I From Columbus’s landfall, the other European powers, most notably England and France, tried to compete with Spain and to circumvent its legal claim, along with Portugal—something the papacy supported—to the New World. 1 Perhaps to counter the priority of Columbus and Spain in America, Hakluyt tried to build up a translation of empire from classical Rome saved by Britons to “Renaissance” Britain itself: Flauius Constantine, syrnamed the great, King of the Britaines after his father, and Emperour of the Romanes, borne in Britainie of Helena his mother, and there created Emperour made his natiue countrie partaker of his singular glorie, and renoume.