Monday, November 9, 2020

Review of The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire by William S. Maltby

This book review is written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = History, Empires

Elaborate Description

Pretty good coverage of Spain's history. Gives accounts from before Spain was born and all the benefits and problems that happened during the empire era. Political unions seems to sum up the politics of Spain. Maltby did such a great job at representing the growth of the empire to the point that it was hard to understand how Spain sustained an empire for so long. The New and Old World colonies were more expensive than they were worth. Battles on various theaters contemporaneously. Having a monarchy may sound like the monarch can do what the monarch wants, but in Spain they sought advice of the subjects because they had to prove their right to rule. Overall, the writing was pretty good when given time describe the events. The major problem of reading the book was that it was easy to get lost at what was happening when the junctures the author mentioned but did not specify as to why it happened and the results in any great detail.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9781403917928
Pages to read:   194
Publication:     2009
1st Edition:      2009
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          4
Overall           4