THE HISPANIC SOCIETY CAME HOME (TEMPORARELY)

THE HISPANIC SOCIETY CAME HOME (TEMPORARELY) by (TGSM/ DECEMBER 2017)   The Hispanic Society was just awarded the 2017 Princesa de Asturias Prize for International Cooperation. It is therefore a good occasion to explore the origins and meaning of this extraordinary cultural institution.  Its founder, Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955), was the heir to a U.S.…

A GAME AT CHESS

A GAME AT CHESS: A BLUEPRINT FOR BUILDING AND KEEPING AN EMPIRE.      Luis Francisco Martínez Montes   Battle of the Terceira Island, 1582, fresco by Niccolo Granello in the Gallery of Battles, El Escorial.   For the historian as well as for the practitioner of foreign policy with a penchant for things past, empires…

ARCTIC TIMES

ARCTIC TIMES   (TGSM/ DECEMBER 2017) At the onset of the Modern Age, any established or aspiring Western great power was active in the search of the so-called North-West Passage connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific by means of a seaway across the Arctic Ocean. The control of this seaway was deemed essential in an…

QUÉ NUEVO ERA EL NUEVO MUNDO

El Bosco, El jardín de las delicias, parte exterior con las puertas cerradas.​   QUÉ NUEVO ERA EL NUEVO MUNDO   Descubrir el Nuevo Mundo fue una empresa bien difícil, como hemos aprendido todos. Pero una vez descubierto, más difícil aún era verlo, entender que fuese nuevo, completamente nuevo, diferente de todo lo nuevo que…