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New World Gold: Cultural Anxiety and Monetary Disorder in Early Modern Spain

Elvira Vilches

Abstract

The discovery of the New World was initially a cause for celebration, but the vast amounts of gold that Christopher Columbus and other explorers claimed from these lands altered Spanish society. The influx of such wealth contributed to the expansion of the Spanish empire, but it also raised doubts and insecurities about the meaning and function of money, the ideals of court and civility, and the structure of commerce and credit. This book shows that, far from being a stabilizing force, the flow of gold from the Americas created anxieties among Spaniards and shaped a host of distinct behaviors, ... More

Keywords: New World, wealth, Spanish empire, money, gold, Spain, court, civility, commerce, credit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226856186
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226856193.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elvira Vilches, author