The Resilience Of The Spanish Monarchy 1665-1700

Hardcover | October 31, 2006

byChristopher Storrs

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Christopher Storrs presents a fresh new appraisal of the reasons for the survival of Spain and its European and overseas empire under the last Spanish Habsburg, Carlos II (1665-1700). Hitherto it has been largely assumed that in the 'Age of Louis XIV' Spain collapsed as a military, naval andimperial power, and only retained its empire because states which had hitherto opposed Spanish hegemony came to Carlos's aid.However, this view seriously underestimates the efforts of Carlos II and his ministers to raise men to fight in Spain's various armies - above all in Flanders, Lombardy, and Catalonia - and to ensure that Spain continued to have galleons in the Atlantic and galleys in the Mediterranean. Thesecommitments were expensive, so that the fiscal pressures on Carlos' subjects to fund the empire continued to be considerable. Not surprisingly, these demands added to the political tensions in a reign in which the succession problem already generated difficulties. They also put pressure on anadministrative structure which revealed some weaknesses but which also proved its worth in time of need. The burden of empire was still largely carried in Spain by Castile (assisted by the silver of the Indies), but Spain's ability to hang onto empire was also helped by a greater integration ofcentre and periphery, and by the contribution of the non-Castilian territories, notably Aragon in Spain and Naples in Spanish Italy.This book radically revises our understanding of the last decades of Habsburg Spain. As Storrs demonstrates, it was a state and society more clearly committed to the retention of empire - and more successful in achieving this - than historians have hitherto acknowledged.

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Christopher Storrs presents a fresh new appraisal of the reasons for the survival of Spain and its European and overseas empire under the last Spanish Habsburg, Carlos II (1665-1700). Hitherto it has been largely assumed that in the 'Age of Louis XIV' Spain collapsed as a military, naval andimperial power, and only retained its empire ...

Christopher Storrs is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Dundee

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 31, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199246378

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Spain's Armies2. Spanish Naval Power3. Spanish Finance4. Spanish Politics and Government5. Centre and Periphery in the Spanish Monarchy6. ConclusionBibliography