The MUHBA exhibition can be seen up until the 28th of September, 2014, and provides a global historical background to the events surrounding the conflict
El món del 1714, the latest exhibition hosted by the MUHBA, provides visitors with a historical background on the current political situation by presenting an outline of the socio-political characteristics of the world as it was in 1714. At the beginning of the 18th century the world was far more culturally and socially diverse than it is nowadays. The more densely populated and insular empires were those of Asia, while Europe experienced great upheavals as a result of clashes between the expanding powers of the day and the Peace of Westphalia treaties which never really took hold.
The aim of the exhibition is to provide visitors with a background to the conflict which eventually triggered the War of Succession. In addition to the more international aspects of the conflict, the exhibition emphasises the case of Catalonia and the conflict with the Bourbon throne.
Roughly one hundred pieces from thirty-two museums, archives, personal collections and libraries are on display and the resulting collection covers aspects such as the world system circa 1700, the configuration of what was to be modern Europe, the inter-continental balance, the War of Succession, Catalonia as an international focal point and Barcelona as its final stronghold. The exhibition ends with the Treaty of Vienna, the subsequent geo-political situation and emergent world panorama.
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