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Empires and IndigenesIntercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion, and Warfare in the Early Modern World$
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Wayne E. Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814753088

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814753088.001.0001

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Projecting Power in the Early Modern World

Projecting Power in the Early Modern World

The Spanish Model?

(p.1) 1 Projecting Power in the Early Modern World
Empires and Indigenes

Wayne E. Lee

NYU Press

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore the role of local people in the success or failure of imperial expansion. Far from being mere victims, these people found ways to profit from imperial maneuverings: they could find employment and profit as allies, or they might direct the interests and energies of imperial powers against their traditional enemies. Indeed, imperial “expansion” was very often illusory, and Europeans' ability to project power actually depended entirely on local cooperation. The remainder of the chapter discusses the model set by the Spanish empire to which other European powers aspired; and the importance of intercultural alliances in the success of imperial expansion, which in turn resulted in new forms of warfare.

Keywords:   Europeans, imperial expansion, local peoples, Spanish empire, imperialism, warfare, intercultural alliances

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