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.



ByFernando Bouza, Pedro Cardim, Antonio Feros

part Part 1|2 pages

The Iberian peninsula (fifteenth‒seventeenth century)

chapter Chapter Two|28 pages

The political constitution of the Iberian monarchies 1

ByPedro Cardim, Antonio Feros, Gaetano Sabatini

chapter Chapter Three|15 pages

The Iberian polities within Europe

Politics and state building 1
ByJosé Javier Ruiz Ibáñez

chapter Chapter Four|29 pages

Religious identities in the Iberian worlds (1500–1700)

ByRonnie Po-chia Hsia, Federico Palomo

chapter Chapter Five|20 pages

Iberia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean 1

ByFernando Rodríguez Mediano

chapter Chapter Six|16 pages

The union between Portugal and the Spanish monarchy (1581–1640)

ByJean-Frédéric Schaub

chapter Chapter Seven|24 pages

Iberian society

ByMafalda Soares da Cunha, Igor Knezevic

chapter Chapter Eight|23 pages

Women and gender

Structures and roles (1400–1820)
ByAllyson M. Poska, Kirsten Schultz

chapter Chapter Nine|22 pages

The peninsular economies and the impact of globalisation (ca. 1494–1700) 1

ByBartolomé Yun-Casalilla

chapter Chapter Eleven|16 pages

Religious conversion and identities in the Iberian peninsula

ByJames S. Amelang, Mercedes García-Arenal

chapter Chapter Twelve|20 pages

Black Africans in the Iberian peninsula (1400–1820) 1

ByArlindo Caldeira, Antonio Feros

part Part 2|2 pages

Expansion and empires (fifteenth‒seventeenth century)

chapter Chapter Thirteen|17 pages


The construction of global empires (1450–1650)
ByGiuseppe Marcocci

chapter Chapter Fourteen|19 pages

Administration and government of the Iberian empires

ByPilar Ponce Leiva, Alexander Ponsen

chapter Chapter Fifteen|20 pages

Patterns of conquest and settlement of the Iberian Americas

ByStuart B. Schwartz

chapter Chapter Sixteen|18 pages

Asians in the Iberian world

ByTatiana Seijas, Ângela Barreto Xavier

chapter Chapter Seventeen|18 pages

Amerindians in the Iberian world

ByMaria Regina Celestino de Almeida, Tatiana Seijas

chapter Chapter Eighteen|18 pages

Portugal, Spain, and the transatlantic slave trade

ByRoquinaldo Ferreira, Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva

chapter Chapter Nineteen|23 pages

Colonial societies in Asia

ByJorge Flores

chapter Chapter Twenty|15 pages

Europeans, Indians, and Africans in the making of colonial societies

ByIda Altman, Thiago Krause

chapter Chapter Twenty One|18 pages

Imperial economies

ByJosé L. Gasch-Tomás, Susana Münch Miranda

chapter Chapter Twenty Two|23 pages

Artistic experiences in the Iberian world, sixteenth‒seventeenth centuries

ByLuisa Elena Alcalá, Nuno Senos

part Part 3|2 pages

The eighteenth-century Iberian world

chapter Chapter Twenty Three|25 pages

Enlightened politics in Portugal and Spain 1

ByM. Victoria López-Cordón, Nuno Gonçalo Monteiro

chapter Chapter Twenty Four|19 pages

Enlightened reformism in Iberian culture and science

ByHugh Cagle, Matthew Crawford

chapter Chapter Twenty Five|22 pages

Imperial competition in the eighteenth-century Americas

ByJunia Ferreira Furtado, Gabriel Paquette

chapter Chapter Twenty Six|19 pages

Reform in Spanish and Portuguese America

ByJosep M. Fradera, Gabriel Paquette

chapter Chapter Twenty Seven|22 pages

Social change in the eighteenth-century Iberian world 1

ByMichel Bertrand, Fernanda Olival

chapter Chapter Twenty Eight|33 pages

New imperial economies

ByRegina Grafe, Jorge M. Pedreira

part Part 4|2 pages

The Iberian world in the age of revolutions

chapter Chapter Twenty Nine|18 pages

Protest and resistance against colonial rule in Iberian America

ByHal Langfur, Charles F. Walker

chapter Chapter Thirty|21 pages

War and revolution in the Iberian Atlantic

ByJeremy Adelman

chapter Chapter Thirty One|16 pages

Portugal and Spain under the newly established liberal regimes

ByAntónio Manuel Hespanha, José M. Portillo

chapter Chapter Thirty Two|23 pages

Independence in Iberian America 1

ByAnthony McFarlane, João Paulo Pimenta