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The Basque Enlightenment, Cuba, and Slavery: for a Genealogy of Imperial Entanglement (II)

Editor's note: This is the second of three adapted parts of the paper given at this summer's project workshop by co-investigator Joseba Gabilondo (Michigan State University). At the end of the previous post, we had arrived at the question of how long the British Zuluetas had been connected with the slave trade. In order to … Continue reading The Basque Enlightenment, Cuba, and Slavery: for a Genealogy of Imperial Entanglement (II)

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The Basque Enlightenment, Cuba, and Slavery: for a Genealogy of Imperial Entanglement (I)

Publication Note: This is the first of three adapted parts of the paper given at this summer's project workshop by co-investigator Joseba Gabilondo (Michigan State University). My research centers on a Basque trading family that expanded on both sides of the Atlantic:  Cuba, England, and Spain. The importance of this research emerges from the most … Continue reading The Basque Enlightenment, Cuba, and Slavery: for a Genealogy of Imperial Entanglement (I)

Book Review: Beyond the Walled City: Colonial Exclusion in Havana by Guadalupe García

[Author's note: This is the first of what we hope will be many book reviews on Imperial Entanglements. The book reviews on this blog are meant to help readers get a sense of whether the book under review would be helpful to their own research or a book which they would wish to explore further. … Continue reading Book Review: Beyond the Walled City: Colonial Exclusion in Havana by Guadalupe García

“The Room Where it Happens” Enforcing Neutrality in the West Indies During the American War of Independence

This is the last in our cross posting week with Defence-in-Depth, the blog of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. International agreements are often touted as great achievements of a nation’s foreign policy and are usually accompanied by great fanfare. Peace treaties, meant to offer some form of conflict resolution, and treaties which … Continue reading “The Room Where it Happens” Enforcing Neutrality in the West Indies During the American War of Independence

From the Archives: Versions of History in Two Collections: Assessing the Purpose and Conclusions of Compilers

This post is part of a week of cross posting between Imperial Entanglements and Defence-In-Depth, the blog of the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London There are few moments more satisfying, or tantalizing, for an historian than looking through the catalogue of an archive and discovering that it holds vast repositories of material relevant … Continue reading From the Archives: Versions of History in Two Collections: Assessing the Purpose and Conclusions of Compilers

The Antigallican Affair: British Foreign Policy and the Personalities of the Spanish Court in the Seven Years War

This post is part of a week of cross posting between Imperial Entanglements and Defence-In-Depth, the blog of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. The creation of foreign policy and the prosecution of war are often largely dependent on the personalities and circumstances of those in power. This is, perhaps, a disconcerting truth … Continue reading The Antigallican Affair: British Foreign Policy and the Personalities of the Spanish Court in the Seven Years War

Co-dependent empires during the Seven Years War: Strategy, Spanish neutrality, and Law

Author's note: This is the first post in a series throughout the next few months that will explore the idea of "Co-dependent Empires" (See previous post) as it applies to Anglo-Spanish imperial entanglements. This particular post is also based on a paper that I will be giving at the McMullen Naval History Symposium hosted by … Continue reading Co-dependent empires during the Seven Years War: Strategy, Spanish neutrality, and Law

“Co-Dependent Empires”

Having wrapped up the first Imperial Entanglements workshop, the project members are now looking ahead to next year's conference and the conference theme. Having spent the past year thinking, researching, and writing about the entanglements and encounters between Spanish and British citizens across the two empires, I was left trying to explain why the interactions … Continue reading “Co-Dependent Empires”

Workshop Wrap Up: “News Then and News Now”

The entanglements of the British and Spanish empires from the 17th to the 19th centuries spanned most littoral areas of the globe and touched on all aspects of society. From the abhorrent supply of African slaves by British citizens to Cuba, to the less well known feud over tea and fur trading monopolies in the … Continue reading Workshop Wrap Up: “News Then and News Now”

Reconstructing Eighteenth Century Military Knowledge Networks: The Use and Abuse of Archival Sources

Editor's note: Last week the Imperial Entanglements project hosted a workshop at Warwick University called "News then and News Now: Imperial Entanglements and Transoceanic Networks in Anglo-Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy" The following post is based on the paper given by Dr. Huw Davies of King's College London.   The experience of warfare in different … Continue reading Reconstructing Eighteenth Century Military Knowledge Networks: The Use and Abuse of Archival Sources