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Epilogue: An Overlooked Imperial Transformation

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This conclusion chapter presents an overview of the book The Conspiracy of the Ninth Duke of Medina Sidonia (1641): An Aristocrat in the Crisis of the Spanish Empire, which concludes, to interpret the conspiracy in an imperial or Atlantic context. Breaking or loosening ties between Andalusia and the rest of the Castilian crown, as the conspiracy planned to do, can be seen as a consequence of what Ruggiero Romano called "contradictory junctures", that is, the combination of an expanding colonial empire in America and a metropolis in crisis. The duke's conspiracy, then, might have reflected a desire, surely shared by a large part of the Andalusian nobility and the merchant elites of Seville, to separate themselves from Philip IV's European policy and instead try to revitalize Andalusia's American and merchant activities.

Keywords: Andalusia; Castilian crown; European policy; Ninth Duke; Spanish Empire

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