The Iberian World: 1450–1820 brings together, for the first time in English, the latest research in Iberian studies, providing in-depth analysis of fifteenth- to early nineteenth-century Portugal and Spain, their European possessions, and the African, Asian, and American peoples that were under their rule.

Featuring innovative work from leading historians of the Iberian world, the book adopts a strong transnational and comparative approach, and offers the reader an interdisciplinary lens through which to view the interactions, entanglements, and conflicts between the many peoples that were part of it. The volume also analyses the relationships and mutual influences between the wide range of actors, polities, and centres of power within the Iberian monarchies, and draws on recent advances in the field to examine key aspects such as Iberian expansion, imperial ideologies, and the constitution of colonial societies.

Divided into four parts and combining a chronological approach with a set of in-depth thematic studies, The Iberian World brings together previously disparate scholarly traditions surrounding the history of European empires and raises awareness of the global dimensions of Iberian history. It is essential reading for students and academics of early modern Spain and Portugal.

part 1|2 pages

The Iberian peninsula (fifteenth‒seventeenth century)

chapter Chapter Three|15 pages

The Iberian polities within Europe

Politics and state building 1

chapter Chapter Seven|24 pages

Iberian society

chapter Chapter Eight|23 pages

Women and gender

Structures and roles (1400–1820)

part 2|2 pages

Expansion and empires (fifteenth‒seventeenth century)

chapter Chapter Thirteen|17 pages


The construction of global empires (1450–1650)

chapter Chapter Sixteen|18 pages

Asians in the Iberian world

chapter Chapter Nineteen|23 pages

Colonial societies in Asia

chapter Chapter Twenty One|18 pages

Imperial economies

part 3|2 pages

The eighteenth-century Iberian world

part 4|2 pages

The Iberian world in the age of revolutions