Towards_the_Global_Spanish_Pacific_Revie

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IRSH 60 (2015), pp. 449 462 doi:10.1017/S0020859015000516 © 2015 Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis REVIEW ESSAY Towards the Global Spanish Pacific C H R I S T I A N G . D E V I T O School of History, University of Leicester University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, United Kingdom E-mail: [email protected] Studies on the Spanish Pacific have been booming during recent years. The field is huge, diverse, and developing at a fast pace. Rather than surveying it as a whole, 1 this review essay addresses selected sets of recent publications (indicated at the beginning of each section) in order to present and discuss three intertwined yet distinct research strategies: the move beyond economy-driven narratives of the Manila Galleon; new perspectives on the trans-Pacific trade, migrations, and cultural exchanges; and the focus on competing visions of the Pacific. The concluding section points to some potentialities and challenges foregrounded by the reviewed publications. T H E G A L E ÓN D E M A N I L A AN D B E Y O N D Un océano de seda y plata. El universo económico del Galeón de Manila. Eds. Salvador Bernabéu Albert y Carlos Martínez Shaw. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Sevilla 2013. 443 pp. Ill. 20.00. La Nao de China, 1565 1815. Navegación, comercio e intercambios culturales. Coord. Salvador Bernabéu Albert. Secretariado de Publicaciones Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla 2013. 302 pp. 17.00. Conocer el Pacífico. Exploraciones, imágenes y formación de sociedades oceánicas. Coords. Salvador Bernabéu Albert, Carmen Mena García, Emilio José Luque Azcona. Editorial Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla 2015. 459 pp. 25.00. 1. For broad surveys on the literature published in the past and in more recent decades, see especially Eva Mehl s forthcoming volume, reviewed below in this essay, Forced Migration in the Spanish Pacific World , Introduction, pp. 3 10. All translations from Spanish publications are mine.
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The fifth centenary of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa s first discovery of the Pacific (1513 - 2013) prompted a considerable number of events in Spain. The most visible among them was the exhibition Pacífico: España y la aventura de la Mar del Sur , displayed at Seville between September 2013 and April 2014 in the magnificent building of the Archivo General de Indias the Spanish colonial archive par excellence. 2 The three volumes reviewed in this section are all related to this anniversary, and their key (co-)editor, Salvador Bernabéu Albert, director of the Seville-based Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos (EEHA), also authored the opening and concluding essays in the exhibition catalogue. Indeed, Un océano de seda y plata and La Nao de China both appeared in 2013, and Conocer el Pacífico features a selected and revised group of the 130 papers originally presented at the conference El Pacífico, 1513 - 2013. De la Mar del Sur a la construcción de un nuevo escenario oceánico , held in Seville that year.
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