A new book analyses the context of the first round-the-world voyage

Cover of the book.
Cover of the book.

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The book "Más allá del mito y la epopeya, el País Vasco y la expedición Magallanes-Elcano en el contexto de la primera globalización" has just been presented, a publication that brings together 12 unpublished articles by specialists directed by four PhD historians from the UPV and coordinated by Elkano Fundazioa, and published with the collaboration of the Department of Culture of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.

Presentation of the book by the Deputy for Culture, Harkaitz Millan, the project coordinator of Elkano Fundazioa Rafa Zulaika, and two of the directors of the book, Oscar Álvarez Gila, Doctor of History at the University of the Basque Country and Álvaro Aragón Ruano, Professor of Medieval, Modern and American History at the Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country.
Presentation of the book by the Deputy for Culture, Harkaitz Millan, the project coordinator of Elkano Fundazioa Rafa Zulaika, and two of the directors of the book, Oscar Álvarez Gila, Doctor of History at the University of the Basque Country and Álvaro Aragón Ruano, Professor of Medieval, Modern and American History at the Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country.

The book brings together 12 unpublished articles by international specialists who contribute new perspectives and knowledge to the 500th anniversary of the first round-the-world voyage and its context. Published by the specialised publishing house Dykinson, the book is now on sale on the publisher's website (https://www.dykinson.com) and at the usual points of sale. It will also be available for consultation in the libraries of Gipuzkoa, distributed by the Provincial Council and the Foundation.

The context of the Magallanes-Elcano expedition

The Department of Culture of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa approved in 2020, together with Elkano Fundazioa, Euskal Itsas Museoa and Albaola Itsas Kultur Faktoria, the organisation of an international congress entitled "Más allá del mito y la epopeya" (Beyond myth and epic) with the aim of making new knowledge available to the public on the context of the Magellan-Elcano expedition and the Basque Country at the beginning of the 16th century.

"The Covid-19 pandemic prevented us from holding the congress, but the Department of Culture supported the preparation and publication of this highly popular book based on the scientific research that different specialists had planned to present at the congress, thus maintaining our commitment", Millan declared.

Statue of Elkano in his hometown, Getaria.
Statue of Elkano in his hometown, Getaria.

In the words of Rafa Zulaika, member of Elkano Fundazioa, "with this publication, the Foundation continues its line of work consisting of deepening the knowledge of the context in which Elkano's first circumnavigation was possible, disseminating it to society and doing so through collaboration and networking". He thanked the Department of Culture of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa for the support that has made it possible to present this book today and the steering group for their dedication in bringing together a whole series of articles that provide new perspectives and knowledge on the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation, and which will undoubtedly be of interest to audiences interested in historical topics but may also be of interest to a wider public, who wish to approach the maritime history of the Basque Country.

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