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Roger Crowley - Conquerors (How Portugal Forged The First Global Empire) (2nd Hand Paperback)

£7.75
SKU B001885
  • Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
  • Published : 2016 (Faber & Faber)
  • ISBN : 9780571290901
  • SKU : B001885
  • PPC : SP400gm
  • RRP : £9.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atlantic winds, launched the expedition of Vasco da Gama to India and beat the Spanish to the spice kingdoms of the East - then set about creating the first long-range maritime empire.

In an astonishing blitz of thirty years, a handful of visionary and utterly ruthless empire builders, with few resources but breathtaking ambition, attempted to seize the Indian Ocean, destroy Islam and take control of world trade.

Told with Roger Crowley's customary skill and verve, this is narrative history at its most vivid - an epic tale of navigation, trade and technology, money and religious zealotry, political diplomacy and espionage, sea battles and shipwrecks, endurance, courage and terrifying brutality. Drawing on extensive first-hand accounts, it brings to life the exploits of an extraordinary band of conquerors - men such as Afonso de Albuquerque, the first European since Alexander the Great to found an Asian empire - who set in motion five hundred years of European colonisation and unleashed the forces of globalisation.

"The sometimes day-by-day account of the era of Portugal's self-assigned mission to conduct a crusade around the African continent maintains a fine balance between historical analysis and detailed narrative. The major characters of the story, especially de Albuquerque, are portrayed as complex, knowable people. The use of terror in the relationship between Western Europe and Islam has a long history and it is not one sided. There is a story of heroism and against-the-odds determination, and there are strong sub-plots of venal action and hypocrisy ; Crowley shies away from neither." - Fishpond Review. 

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