By Christopher Storrs

Christopher Storrs offers a clean new appraisal of the explanations for the survival of Spain and its eu and in a foreign country empire lower than the final Spanish Habsburg, Carlos II (1665-1700). Hitherto it's been principally assumed that during the 'Age of Louis XIV' Spain collapsed as an army, naval and imperial strength, and purely retained its empire simply because states which had hitherto antagonistic Spanish hegemony got here to Carlos's aid.

However, this view heavily underestimates the efforts of Carlos II and his ministers to elevate males to struggle in Spain's a variety of armies - in particular in Flanders, Lombardy, and Catalonia - and to make sure that Spain persevered to have galleons within the Atlantic and galleys within the Mediterranean. those commitments have been pricey, in order that the financial pressures on Carlos' topics to fund the empire persevered to be substantial. now not strangely, those calls for extra to the political tensions in a reign in
which the succession challenge already generated problems. in addition they positioned strain on an administrative constitution which published a few weaknesses yet which additionally proved its worthy in time of want. the weight of empire was once nonetheless principally carried in Spain by way of Castile (assisted through the silver of the Indies),
but Spain's skill to hold onto empire was once additionally helped by means of a better integration of centre and outer edge, and through the contribution of the non-Castilian territories, particularly Aragon in Spain and Naples in Spanish Italy.

This e-book extensively revises our realizing of the final many years of Habsburg Spain. As Storrs demonstrates, it was once a kingdom and society extra truly devoted to the retention of empire - and extra winning in attaining this - than historians have hitherto acknowledged.

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