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IHS Book Talk: "Entangled Empires The Anglo-Iberian Atlantic, 1500-1830," by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Brad Dixon, and Kristie Flannery, University of Texas at Austin (History Faculty New Book Talk)

Thu, January 31, 2019 | GAR 4.100

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The History Faculty New Book Series presents:

Entangled Empires The Anglo-Iberian Atlantic, 1500-1830
(University of Pennsylvania Press, February 2018)

A book talk and discussion with
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (Editor and contributor), Brad Dixon (contributor), and Kristie Flannery (contributor)
University of Texas at Austin

According to conventional wisdom, in the sixteenth century, Spain and Portugal served as a model to the English for how to go about establishing colonies in the New World and Africa. By the eighteenth century, however, it was Spain and Portugal that aspired to imitate the British. Editor Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra and the contributors to Entangled Empires challenge these long-standing assumptions, exploring how Spain, Britain, and Portugal shaped one another throughout the entire period, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. They argue that these empires were interconnected from the very outset in their production and sharing of knowledge as well as in their economic activities. Willingly or unwillingly, African slaves, Amerindians, converso traders, smugglers, missionaries, diplomats, settlers, soldiers, and pirates crossed geographical, linguistic, and political boundaries and cocreated not only local but also imperial histories. Contributors reveal that entanglement was not merely a process that influenced events in the colonies after their founding; it was constitutive of European empire from the beginning.

The essays in Entangled Empires seek to clarify the processes that rendered the intertwined histories of these colonial worlds invisible, including practices of archival erasure as well as selective memorialization. Bringing together a large geography and chronology, Entangled Empires emphasizes the importance of understanding connections, both intellectual and practical, between the English and Iberian imperial projects. The colonial history of the United States ought to be considered part of the history of colonial Latino-America just as Latin-American history should be understood as fundamental to the formation of the United States.

Six of Entangled Empires' twelve chapters were written by current or former UT graduate students. What these students have in common is that they have worked with Professor Cañizares-Esguerra as supervisor or co-supervisor. The inclusion of these works attests to the strength of UT’s history graduate program and the accomplishments of its students. UT faculty members like Professor Cañizares-Esguerra encourage and enable graduate students to gain professional experience that is often reserved for those already in academia.

“The graduate students involved in this project have had the chance to workshop our research at the conference, go through the peer review process, and then work with the editors at Penn Press to develop the final, polished product,” notes current UT history graduate student Kristie Flannery. Flannery will speak at this event about her chapter, “The Seven Years’ War and the Globalization of Anglo-Iberian Imperial Entanglement: The View from Manila,” which examines the 1762 British invasion of Manila and considers the larger implications of the event on Spain’s ability to manage its colonial holding of the Philippines. Brad Dixon, IHS Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018-19, also contributed a chapter to Entangled Empires and will present at the book talk. Read more about Kristie's work, and Brad's work.

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra is the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is coeditor of The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Read more about his work on his faculty profile page, and in this recent year-in-review article.

Please RSVP to cmeador@austin.utexas.edu to reserve your seat and receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed. This discussion is part of the IHS' History Faculty New Book Talk Series.


Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History; Center for European Studies

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