When we analyse the books and publishing production on aspects related to the Ottoman Empire and the Indies, we can see a demand directly related to the events that took place and the ideological currents of the population. From the beginning of the printing press until 1850, there was a great danger to the Spanish collective imagination of the Modern Age, reflected in printed matter that mentioned the Turks or the Ottoman Empire, which was replaced from the 17th century onwards by those referring to the American Indies.
In absolute terms, the volume of printed matter on the two subjects is very different. Although it is higher in the American case, until the 17th century they were subjects that aroused practically similar interest, with production on the Indies beginning to stand out from 1550 onwards after the Sepúlveda-Las Casas debate, but being abruptly interrupted between 1680 and 1690, mainly due to the siege of Vienna by the Turks in 1683.
Another of the conclusions that this research shows is the differentiation in the channels of diffusion that the two subjects had. While the cultural differences between Turks and Spaniards led to a majority of event reports as a means of distribution, in the American case the book-based format dominated.
Project: 11. Science and culture as representation in Europe., 9. Travels and travelers: economic, social and cultural connections.
Chronology: XV, XIX
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University, Postgraduate
Resource type: Graph
Format: Line chart
Source: Carabias, A. M. (2010). "La producción editorial sobre el Imperio Otomano y los turcos en España (1470-1850). Una investigación in fieri", en Tiempos modernos, nº 20, p. 34.
Owner: Roberto José Alcalde López (Modernalia)
Copyright: ©Tiempos Modernos ©Ana María Carabias Torres
Abstract: Line graph comparing publishing production on Turkey and the Indies between the end of the 15th century and the first half of the 19th centuryImage