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Barreiros on the Streets of Lisbon

In the new Journal of Early Modern History, Maria Helena Barreiros has an article on urban planning, public and private spaces, and the streets of Lisbon both before and after the 1755 earthquake. “Urban Planning: Houses Streets and Squares of 18th Century Lisbon,” Journal of Early Modern History 12, nos. 3-4 (2008): 205-32.


Another plum job: Tufts

Here’s another new job ad, this one for the Prince of Asturias chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization at Tufts University. Essentially, the job is for “post-Colombian Spanish History,” especially for Spanish relations with America and/or the rest of the world, for a rank of associate or full professor.

Fall 2008 Sixteenth Century Journal reviews

The Fall 2008 SCJ has no articles on early modern Spain, but several reviews. John M. Hunt reviews Spain in Italy: Politics, Society, and Religion 1500-1700, ed. Thomas James Dandelet and John A. Marino; R.N. Swanson reviews Robert Chazan’s The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom 1000-1500; J.B. Owens has high praise for Jesús María Usunáriz’s España y sus tratados internacionales: 1516-1700; Martine Sauret reviews Le Portugal et le Monde: Lectures de l’oeuvre de Vitorino Magalhaes Godinho, ed. João Pedro Garcia; Jonathan Ray reviews A. Katie Harris’s From Muslim to Christian Granada: Inventing a City’s Past in Early Modern Spain; Dianne J. Walker reviews Richard J. Pym’s The Gypsies of Early Modern Spain, 1425-1783; Erin Kathleen Rowe reviews Saints and Their Cults in the Atlantic World, ed. Margaret Cormack; Frank A. Dominguez reviews Cristian Berco’s Sexual Hierarchies, Public Status: Men, Sodomy, and Society in Spain’s Golden Age; and Rikk Mulligan reviews J.H. Elliott’s Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830.

October American Historical Review

The October AHR features a forum entitled, “The General Seventeenth Century Crisis Revisited.” All of the essays cover Europe, and beyond, broadly, but Geoffrey Parker makes special reference to Spain and its empire in his, “Crisis and Catastrophe: The Global Crisis of the Seventeenth Century Reconsidered.” The American Historical Review 113 (2008): 1053-79. (Link to article, and to reviews below, require membership in the American Historical Association.)

There are two reviews of interest. Jonathan Elukin reviews Miriam Bodian, Dying in the Law of Moses: Crypto-Jewish Martyrdom in the Iberian World, and Pamela M. Graves reviews David Howarth, The Invention of Spain: Cultural Relations between Britain and Spain, 1770-1870.

Two New Books

Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain, by Scott K. Taylor (me!), and Charles V and the Castilian Assembly of the Clergy: Negotiations for the Ecclesiastical Subsidy, by Sean T. Perrone.

Spanish Music at Lincoln Center

The New Yorker reports that there will be a concert of “Cervantes-era” music on Oct 20 at Lincoln Center: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI play villancicos, Sephardic ballads, and folk music, interspersed with readings from Don Quixote.

Sept. Celebration of Richard Kagan

Erin Rowe, now at the University of Virginia, writes to tell me about a party/conference celebrating Richard Kagan that occurred last month:

“On the weekend 26-28 September, former students of Richard Kagan surprised their former mentor with a festschrift celebration in honor of his 65th birthday at the Johns Hopkins University [called “Kagan’s Kaleidescope”]. Friends, colleagues, and former students traveled from across the country and across the Atlantic to present papers, give tributes, and raise a glass to Richard and his many contributions to the field of early modern Spanish history. On Saturday and Sunday, there were a series of panels on a broad array of topics, which mirrored the depth and breadth of Richard’s scholarship, including: cartography, literature, historiography, the Inquisition, and art. Closing remarks were made by Richard’s own mentor, Sit John Elliott.”

Here’s the program – just reading through the list of names is an impressive tribute to Kagan’s work and legacy, after the jump. Continue reading

Johns Hopkins job ad

I came across this job ad in the AHA’s website: “The Department of History of the Johns Hopkins University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the associate or full professor level in the field of medieval/early modern history, with a particular focus on Jewish history or Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations. Historians specializing in the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds are particularly encouraged to apply. Send a letter of interest, a c.v., and three letters of recommendation no later than January 1, 2009, to Prof. Richard Kagan … Candidates of sufficient distinction may be considered for the Charlotte Bloomberg Chair in the Humanities.”


A Companion to Juan Luis Vives

Brill has released A Companion to Juan Luis Vives, edited by Charles Fantazzi, in its Companions to the Chrisitan Tradition series.

Spanish Humanism

From 2007, there are three chapters in John Jeffries Martin’s The Renaissance World that concern us. Anthony Grafton assesses José de Acosta’s place in humanist historiography, especially vis a vis Bodin, in José de Acosta: Renaissance historiography and New World humanity.” Katherine Elliot van Liere‘s “‘Shared studies foster friendship’: humanism and history in Spain” looks at a network of 16th-century antiquarians, including Ambrosio de Morales, Antonio Agustín, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Diego de Covarrubias, Hernán Núñez de Guzmán, and Jerónimo de Zurita. Charles V plays an important role in Thomas Dandelet’s “The imperial Renaissance.”