Robert goodwins spain the centre of the world 1519 1682 is an extremely important book for the modern reader without ever making an unsubtle or overt connection to modern times goodwins detailed and deeply researched nuggets of history of the spanish empire reflect back glaringly on recent western history. Im back after a 5 week hiatus and finished spain the centre of the world 1519 1682 by robert goodwin on january 28 the book aims to cover the development of golden age spain as both a geopolitical and cultural superpower during this period interestingly goodwin further delineates the history into 2 parts. Goodwin tells the story of spain and the spaniards from great soldiers like the duke of alba to literary figures and artists such as el greco velzquez cervantes and lope de vega and the monarchs who ruled over themat the beginning of the modern age spaniards were caught between the excitement of change and a medieval world of chivalry . Spain the centre of the world 1519 1682 about the book it was a time of discovery and adventure of great political and social change it was a time when spain learned to rule the world assembling a spectacular cast of legendary characters like the duke of alba el greco miguel de cervantes and diego velzquez robert goodwin brings . In the sixteenth century the spaniards became the first nation in history to have worldwide reach across most of europe to the americas the philippines and india goodwin tells the story of spain and the spaniards from great soldiers like the duke of alba to literary figures and artists such as el greco velzquez cervantes and lope de vega and the monarchs who ruled over themat the
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