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(Dis)connected Empires: Imperial Portugal, Sri Lankan Diplomacy, and the Making of a Habsburg Conquest in Asia

Zoltán Biedermann


(Dis)connected Empires takes the reader on a global journey to explore the triangle formed during the sixteenth century between the Portuguese empire, the empire of Kōtte in Sri Lanka, and the Catholic Monarchy of the Spanish Habsburgs. It explores nine decades of connections, cross-cultural diplomacy, and dialogue to answer one troubling question: why, in the end, did one side decide to conquer the other? To find the answers, this book explores the imperial ideas that shaped the politics of Renaissance Iberia and sixteenth-century Sri Lanka. It argues that, whilst some of these ideas and the ... More

Keywords: global history, connected history, empire, diplomacy, conquest, Portuguese empire, Spanish empire, Sri Lanka

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoltán Biedermann, author
Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, University College London