In europes early modern atlantic world the association of religion and empire may be said to begin with spains conquests in the americas from columbuss caribbean landfall in the autumn of 1492 through and well beyond the defeat in the 1520s of the mainland empire of the mexica in the central valley of mexico and in the 1530s of that of the incas in the andes of south america. Religion and empire were inseparable forces in the early modern atlantic world religious passions and conflicts drove much of the expansionist energy of post reformation europe providing both a rationale and a practical mode of organizing the dispersal and resettlement of hundreds of thousands of people from the old world to the new world. The subject of religion has inspired a successful interdisciplinary inquiry in this volume of essays by literary scholars and historians the authors internati. Empires of god religious encounters in the early modern atlantic edited by linda gregerson and susan juster tara alberts european university institute florence italy search for more papers by this author tara alberts european university institute florence italy
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