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Roger Crowley works in publishing in England
Image credit: U.S. Army photo by Martin Greeson (defenseimagery.mil)

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MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 2009 (2009) — Author "Bragadin's Defense" — 7 cópias

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1951
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
UK
Locais de residência
Malta
Gloucestershire, England, UK
Educação
University of Cambridge
Ocupação
teacher
publisher

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As we slide towards Earth’s sixth extinction event and look covetously towards planets endowed with precious rare metals, Roger Crowley’s new book should be required reading for those commanding future conquests of resource extraction. Written with the verve of a detective novel, Crowley charts a 16th-century version of the ‘moon shot’ to the fabled ‘Spice Islands’ of the Moluccas.

Then the sole known source of cloves, nutmeg, mace and sandalwood, trading profits on these rare but easily portable commodities could reach a thousand per cent. Such profits were the stuff of dreams, spawning a frenzy of map-making, schools of navigation, travel accounts, commercial espionage, state-sponsored exploration and oversight bodies, with Seville’s Casa de la Contratación de las Indias (established in 1503) leading the way. It would not last, but for a moment in the 16th century, buoyed by the silver of the New World, it would catapult Spain to superpower status.

Crowley’s book spans an action-packed 60 years, stretching from the Portuguese conquest of Malacca (Melaka) on 15 August 1511 to the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi’s capture of Manila on 24 June 1571. Both provided secure bases for the Iberians in the Malay world and the Philippines thus ensuring them a temporary global advantage: ‘Whoever is Lord of Melaka has his hand on the throat of Venice’, as the astute Portuguese apothecary Tomé Pires put it. The fact that both victories occurred on major Catholic feast days – the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St John the Baptist’s Day respectively – was not lost on the pious Iberians.

Read the rest of the review at HistoryToday.com.

Peter Carey
is Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College, Oxford and former Adjunct Professor in Humanities at the University of Indonesia.
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HistoryToday | Jun 18, 2024 |
This history of Portugal's age of exploration and conquest taught me a great deal, in an eminently readable style.. The foresignt and persistance of Portugal's advance to the East was amazing, as was the power and wealth it achieved. In the fifteenth century, Portugal was tiny (about a million people - smaller than some Chinese cities of the day) and poor. Nonetheless, its rulers undertook a planned program of exploration and conquest to reach and in time control the trade of the East. The book is heavy on detail, particularly military detail, which at times gets repetitive. It also underlines the stunning brutality of these explorers and adventurers, who often sound rather like very Catholic Vikings. I would have liked a bit more of an overview, particularly of the retreat of Portugal's empire. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in colonialism.… (mais)
 
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annbury | outras 10 resenhas | Feb 18, 2024 |
Excellent book! European maritime history and the crusades never cease to fascinate me. This book is about the naval battles waged by the Ottoman empire and the Holy Roman Emperor (or better the Christian forces led by Philip of Spain) between 1520 and1580, across the Mediterranean sea.

I loved the narration! It is a non-fiction, historical book, but the narration is better than many historical novels! :). The battles of Malta and Lepaton are described in great detail!
 
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harishwriter | outras 20 resenhas | Oct 12, 2023 |
從東西教會結的樑子、各國事前事後的反應、雙方事前準備、拜占庭式邏輯、城防、武器到戰術等很順的講到結尾
算是相當易讀的書
當然如過事前知道附近地名的話,讀起來會更輕鬆

我原先知道這是大炮發威的一場戰役,且攻下的時間相當短(相較於圍城)
就以為土耳其打的挺輕鬆
原來是打到再不攻下來就要被逼退的程度了
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以簡轉繁的書籍之中,本書處理的接近完美
留意到的破綻是「借此」,讓我起疑心去查了一下譯者國籍
雖然字義上好像不算錯但台灣習慣上是用「藉此」
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如果有機會去土耳其
好想參觀聖索菲亞大教堂以及附近例如蘇萊曼清真寺的大型清真寺啊… (mais)
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HsuBattery | outras 21 resenhas | Jul 20, 2023 |

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