Graham Allison, “The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War,” on theatlantic.com 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???
The Journal of Early Modern History 19/4 (2015):
The Journal of Early Modern History 19/2-3 (2015), “Cross-Confessional Diplomacy and Diplomatic Intermediaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean.”
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.
Elvira Vilches, “Trade, Silver, and Print Culture in the Colonial Americas,” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (2015): 1-20.
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.
Renaissance Quarterly 68/1 (2015):
Jelena Todorović reviews Margaret M. McGowan, ed., Dynastic Marriages, 1612/1615: A Celebration of the Habsburg and Bourbon Unions (Ashgate, 2013).