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Iberian World Empires and the Globalization of Europe 1415–1668

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Offers a leading analysis of the expansion of the Iberian empire expansion and the impact of early globalization on the Peninsula

  • Offers a comparative perspective on the impact of globalization on institutional development, the political economy, and processes of state-building in Europe

  • Contests a prevalent, excessively-negative image of the Iberian empire, counterpoising the difficult relationship between empires and globalization and opening the debate for comparisons to other imperial formations

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History (PASTCGH)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-3
    2. Global Context and the Rise of Europe: Iberia and the Atlantic

      • Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla
      Pages 5-49Open Access
    3. Iberian Overseas Expansion and European Trade Networks

      • Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla
      Pages 51-97Open Access
    4. Domestic Expansion in the Iberian Kingdoms

      • Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla
      Pages 99-143Open Access
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 145-152
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 153-153
    2. The Empires of a Composite Monarchy, 1521–1598: Problem or Solution?

      • Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla
      Pages 155-209Open Access
    3. The Crystallization of a Political Economy, c. 1580–1630

      • Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla
      Pages 211-256Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 257-267
  6. Part III

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 269-269
    2. Global Forces and European Competition

      • Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla
      Pages 271-321Open Access
    3. The Luso-Spanish Composite Global Empire, 1598–1640

      • Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla
      Pages 323-376Open Access
    4. Ruptures, Resilient Empires, and Small Divergences

      • Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla
      Pages 377-434Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 435-442
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 443-520

About this book

This open access book analyses Iberian expansion by using knowledge accumulated in recent years to test some of the most important theories regarding Europe’s economic development. Adopting a comparative perspective, it considers the impact of early globalization on Iberian and Western European institutions, social development and political economies. In spite of globalization’s minor importance from the commercial perspective before 1750, this book finds its impact decisive for institutional development, political economies, and processes of state-building in Iberia and Europe.  The book engages current historiographies and revindicates the need to take the concept of composite monarchies as a point of departure in order to understand the period’s economic and social developments, analysing the institutions and societies resulting from contact with Iberian peoples in America and Asia.  The outcome is a study that nuances and contests an excessively-negative yet prevalent image of the Iberian societies, explores the difficult relationship between empires and globalization and opens paths for comparisons to other imperial formations.


  • Open Access
  • Iberian Empire Expansion and Europe’s Economic Development
  • Global History and the History of Empires
  • Early Globalization on the Peninsula
  • Iberian Empire Expansion and Theories of Globalisation
  • Empire and Processes of State-building in Europe
  • Relationship between Empires and Globalization
  • Impact of Iberian Empire on America


“The description of the Habsburg defensive barrier against the Ottoman Empire, as well as a section comparing and contrasting the Ottoman and Iberian empires, are innovative as well as informative; most researchers limit their focus to the English and sometimes the French empires. The fact that this is an open-access book electronically makes it an even more valuable addition to the literature.” (Robin Grier, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 51 (1), 2020)

“The book provides an excellent graduate-level survey. … Graduate students and scholars rewriting their lecture courses will profit from perusing this ambitious volume.” (Stuart M. McManus, Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 100 (3), 2020)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo de Olavide University, Sevilla, Spain

    Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla

About the author

Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla is Professor of Early Modern History, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain, and former professor at the European University Institute.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Iberian World Empires and the Globalization of Europe 1415–1668

  • Authors: Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-0832-1Published: 22 March 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-0833-8Published: 13 March 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2662-7965

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-7973

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 520

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Imperialism and Colonialism, History of Early Modern Europe, Globalization

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)