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Alan Karras and Laura J. Mitchell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824865917

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824865917.001.0001

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The Sixteenth-Century World War and the Roots of the Modern World

The Sixteenth-Century World War and the Roots of the Modern World

A View from the Edge

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Encounters Old and New in World History

Edmund Burke III

University of Hawai'i Press

This essay examines several world historical events from an unfamiliar perspective, that of sixteenth-century Morocco. It seeks to provide a new way of conceptualizing empires, one that builds upon recent work, while imagining them differently. As a key player in the struggle over the western Mediterranean, Morocco’s neglected history has much to tell us about both the power and the limits of the military revolution of early modern times. Moreover, Morocco’s success in withstanding Iberian efforts to extend the reconquista to Northwest Africa served to deflect the expansionary energies across the Atlantic and around Africa. More generally, Morocco provides a useful vantage point for thinking about the emergence of the international structures of power that define the early modern world.

Keywords:   Morocco, Portugal, Battle of the Three Kings, Reconquista, Wattasid dynasty, Saadian dynasty, Timbuctu, military revolution, Ottoman empire, Sixteenth Century World War

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