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Allison on the “Thucydides Trap” in The Atlantic

Graham Allison, “The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War,” on today, uses historical analysis dating back to the Habsburg-Valois Wars to analyze the likelihood of a clash between the today’s hegemon and a rising power.

But does anyone really think that the instances from early modern Spanish history that Allison picks really fit the model of the “Thucydides Trap” in the way that Britain vs. a rising Germany or (originally) Sparta vs. a rising Athens did? It seems like he’s just taking well known wars and jamming them into his model. Does anyone really believe that Sweden was a “rising power” that challenged Austrian hegemony in 1618, and that this is the underlying cause of the Thirty Years War???


Article & Reviews in the JEMH 2015 #4

The Journal of Early Modern History 19/4 (2015):

Ryan Dominic Crewe, “Pacific Purgatory: Spanish Dominicans, Chinese Sangleys, and the Entanglement of Mission and Commerce in Manila, 1580-1620.”

John T. Wing reviews The Limits of Empire: European Imperial Formations in Early Modern World History: Essays in Honor of Geoffrey Parker, Tonio Andrade and William Reger, eds (Ashgate, 2012).

Alejandro Cañeque reviews Scott Eastman, Preaching Spanish Nationalism across the Hispanic Atlantic, 1759-1823 (LSU Press, 2013).

Rebecca Earle reviews Nathan Wachtel, The Faith of Remembrance: Marrano Labyrinths (Penn, 2013).

James Nelson Novoa reviews Jonathan Ray, After Expulsion: 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry (NYU Press, 2013).

Articles in the JEMH 2015 #2-3: “Cross-Confessional Diplomacy and Diplomatic Intermediaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean”

The Journal of Early Modern History 19/2-3 (2015), “Cross-Confessional Diplomacy and Diplomatic Intermediaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean.”

Tijana Krstic, “The Elusive Intermediaries: Moriscos in Ottoman and Western European Diplomatic Sources from Constantinople, 1560s-1630s.”

Natividad Planas, “Diplomacy from Below or Cross-Confessional Loyalty? The ‘Christians of Algiers’ between the Lord of Kuko and the King of Spain in the Early 1600s.”

Job Changes: Mills & Starr-Lebeau

Kenneth Mills has moved from Toronto to the University of Michigan.

And – very bittersweet for me – Gretchen Starr-LeBeau has moved from Kentucky to Principia College. 90% sweet because she can now work in the same town in which her family lives, 10% bitter, for selfish reasons, because I will no longer enjoy her friendship and wise counsel here on the 17th floor of Patterson Office Tower. She is already much missed by her old colleagues at Kentucky.

New Book: Colón Mendoza, Cristos Yacentes of Gregorio Fernández

Ilenia Colón Mendoza, The Cristos yacentes of Gregorio Fernández: Polychrome Sculptures of the supine Christ in Seventeenth-Century Spain (Ashgate, 2015).

Article in JLACS: Vilches, “Trade, Silver, & Print Culture in the Colonial Americas”

Elvira Vilches, “Trade, Silver, and Print Culture in the Colonial Americas,” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (2015): 1-20.

New Book: Tene, “Changes in Ethical Worldviews of Spanish Missionaries”

Ran Tene, Changes in Ethical Worldviews of Spanish Missionaries in New Spain (Brill, 2015).

New Book: Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy

The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Images of Iberia, Piers Baker-Bates and Miles Pattenden, eds (Ashgate, 2015).

Introduction, Simon Ditchfield.

Part I The Spanish Presence in Italian Politics, Society and Culture:

Mere emulators of Italy: the Spanish in Italian diplomatic discourse, 1492-1550, Catherine Fletcher;

Hispanophobia in the Venetian Republic, Nicholas Davidson;

Encountering Spain in early modern Naples: language, customs and sociability, Stephen Cummins.

Part II Spanish Religiosity and Roman Religion:

Rome as a ‘Spanish Avignon’? The Spanish faction and the monarchy of Philip II, Miles Pattenden;

Rome and the ‘Spanish theology’: Spanish monarchy, doctrinal controversies and the defence of papal prerogatives from Clement VIII to Urban VIII, Paolo Broggio;

Spanish saints in Counter-Reformation Italy, Clare Copeland.

Part III Spanish Vision and the Visual Arts in Italy: ‘Graecia capta ferum victorem coepit’: Spanish patrons and Italian artists, Piers Baker-Bates;

The stranded tomb: cultural allusions in the funeral monument of Don Pedro de Toledo, San Giacomo degli Spagnoli, Naples, Robert W. Gaston and Andrea M. Gáldy;

Inventive translation, portraiture and Spanish Habsburg taste in the 16th century, Elena Calvillo;

The politics of art or the art of politics? The Marquis del Carpio in Rome and Naples (1677-1687), Jorge Fernández-Santos Ortiz-Iribas.

New Book: Georgievska-Shine & Silver, “Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain”

Aneta Georgievska-Shine and Larry Silver, Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain (Ashgate, 2014).

RQ Spring ’15: Wunder, “Rise and Fall of the Guardainfante” + Reviews

Renaissance Quarterly 68/1 (2015):

Amanda Wunder, “Women’s Fashions and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Spain: The Rise and Fall of the Guardainfante.”

Clara Bargellini reviews Alessandra Russo, The Untranslatable Image: A Mestizo History of the Arts in New Spain (U Texas Press, 2014).

Elvira Vilches reviews Mauricio Drelichman and Hans-Joachim Voth, Lending to the Borrower from Hell: Debt, Taxes, and Default in the Age of Philip II (Princeton, 2014).

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara reviews William D. Phillips, Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia (Penn, 2013).

Rolf Strøm-Olsen reviews José Eloy Hortal Muñoz and Félix Labrador Arroyo, La Casa de Borgoña: La Casa del Rey de España (Leuven University Press, 2014).

Jelena Todorović reviews Margaret M. McGowan, ed., Dynastic Marriages, 1612/1615: A Celebration of the Habsburg and Bourbon Unions (Ashgate, 2013).

José Pablo Barragán reviews Richard Cleminson and Francisco Vázquez GarcíaSex, Identity and Hermaphrodites in Iberia, 1500–1800 (Pickering & Chatto, 2013).

Barbara Mujica reviews Anne J. Cruz, ed. The Life and Writings of Luisa De Carvajal y Mendoza (Toronto: Iter, Inc., and Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2014).

Stuart B. Schwartz reviews Trevor J. DadsonTolerance and Coexistence in Early Modern Spain: Old Christians and Moriscos in the Campo de Calatrava (Tamesis, 2014).

Reyes Coll-Tellechea reviews Cesc Esteve, ed., Las razones del censor: Control ideológico y censura de libros en la primera Edad Moderna (Barcelona: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2013).