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(Dis)connected EmpiresImperial Portugal, Sri Lankan Diplomacy, and the Making of a Habsburg Conquest in Asia$
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Zoltán Biedermann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823391.001.0001

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Anatomy of a Divergence

Anatomy of a Divergence

Habsburg Sovereignty and the End of the Lankan Island Empire

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(p.191) 8 Anatomy of a Divergence
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(Dis)connected Empires
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Zoltán Biedermann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823391.003.0009

Chapter 8 argues that the final years of the sixteenth century and the first decade of the seventeenth century brought about one of the great misunderstandings of the early modern period: the reading of Kōṭṭe’s suzerainty-based imperial project, by the Habsburg authorities, as a project of sovereignty-oriented conquest. The resulting wars that dragged on during the following decades resulted largely from this widening gap in political culture. Key to an understanding of this gap is the emerging European notion of territory as a fundament of the dynastic state. To illustrate this, two maps are explored with a view to the underlying conceptions of political space. The shift from ‘Native Ground’ to colonial ground had a major impact both on the local political system and the global empire.

Keywords:   Spanish empire, Portuguese empire, Habsburg imperialism, Asia, conquest, territory, cartography, space

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