- Series: Publications of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (Book 10)
- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (December 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226330311
- ISBN-13: 978-0226330310
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,453,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Forgotten Frontier: A History of the Sixteenth-Century Ibero-African Frontier (Publications of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
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"An erudite reinterpretation of sixteenth-century Mediterranean history.... An impressive contribution [that is] at once a regional frontier history, a synthesis of the sixteenth-century western Mediterranean wars, and an interpretative essay about the Habsburg - Ottoman imperial struggle and its aftermath." - Hispanic American Historical Review "Impressively researched, concise, and informative.... Convincingly explains why two empires came face to face and then turned back to back, leaving two very different and mutually antagonistic societies in their wake." - Catholic Historical Review "The implied scope of Hess's very impressive piece of work is far greater than its title would suggest.... A very skillful and sure-handed tour." - Middle East Journal "This thought-provoking book will interest not only readers concerned with Mediterranean history and culture, but those concerned with Islam Resurgent both then and now." - Journal of Modern History"
About the Author
Andrew C. Hess is professor of diplomacy and director of the Program for Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization at Tufts University.
Top Customer Reviews
Hess begins the study appropriately with a review of the military revolution of the 15th and 16th centuries. The changes in weaponry, army size and composition, and expense were probably the single most important factors of change influencing the region. His analysis is good for its time (1978 - ten years before Geoffrey Parker's The Military Revolution), and it sets the stage neatly for the rest of the narrative.
A critical analytical point that Hess makes is the fact that Iberia actually had two frontiers, Atlantic and Mediterranean. By the 16th century, the Atlantic was ascendent economically, culturally, and intellectually. This explains much of why the Spanish monarchies of Charles V and Philip II were content merely to outpost themselves in North Africa as opposed to expanding the reconquista across the Straits of Gibraltar. The resurgence of Islamic civilization, and the arrival of the Ottoman Turks in the central and western parts of the basis certainly contributed to this outlook.Read more ›