With a compelling narrative that weaves together story and
thesis and brings to life immense archival research and empirical
data, "Crisis in an Atlantic Empire" is a finely grained historical
tour of the period covering 1808 to 1810, which is often called
"the age of revolutions."
The study examines an accumulation of countervailing elements in
a spasm of imperial crisis, as Spain and its major colony New Spain
struggled to preserve traditional structures of exchange--Spain's
transatlantic trade system--with Caribbean ports at Veracruz and
Havana in wartime after 1804. Rooted in the struggle between
businessmen seeking to expand their economic reach and the ruling
class seeking to maintain its hegemonic control, the crisis sheds
light on the contest between free trade and monopoly trade and the
politics of preservation among an enduring and influential interest
Reflecting the authors' masterful use of archival sources and
their magisterial knowledge of the era's complex metropolitan and
colonial institutions, this volume is the capstone of a research
endeavor spanning nearly sixty years.
"Edge of Crisis: War and Trade in the Spanish Atlantic,
1789-1808"Hardcover edition published in 2009, 978-0-8018-9046-8
"Apogee of Empire: Spain and New Spain in the Age of Charles III,
1759-1789 "Hardcover edition published in 2003, 978-0-8018-7339-3
"Silver, Trade, and War: Spain and America in the Making of Early
Modern Europe"Hardcover edition published in 2000,
978-0-8018-6135-2Paperback edition published in 2003,
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