The War of the Spanish Succession, fought between 1701 and 1714 to decide who should inherit the Spanish throne, was a conflict on an unprecedented scale, stretching across most of western Europe, the high seas and the Americas. Yet this major subject is not well known and is little understood. That is why the publication of James Falkner’s absorbing new study is so timely and important.
In a clear and perceptive narrative he describes and analyses the complex political maneuvers and a series of military campaigns which also involved the threat posed by Ottoman Turks in the east and Sweden and Russia in the north. Fighting took place not just in Europe but in the Americas and Canada, and on the high seas. All European powers, large and small, were involved – France, Spain, Great Britain, Holland, Austria and Portugal were the major players.
The end result of eleven years of outright war was a French prince firmly established on the throne in Madrid and a division of the old Spanish empire. More notably though, French power, previously so dominant, was curbed for almost ninety years.
an overview of the entire conflict... fills the gap in a book that brings the entire war to your finger tips. The author has a solid grasp of the history and reports it in a well done no-nonsense style without any hint of bias. I find this refreshing in a book about this war. Most of the books I have read on the subject have a definite English bias, at least in the amount of information about each side in the war. So thank you Mr. Falkner, and Casemate, for this book. It brings to life the war and its battles, and campaigns, and is a great addition to anyone's library.
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|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
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Table of Contents
List of Maps vi
List of Illustrations vii
The Line of Succession to the Throne of Spain xii
Chronology: The Principal Events of the War of the Spanish Succession xiii
Chapter 1 This is the King of Spain 1
Chapter 2 The Grand Alliance 21
Chapter 3 The French Offensive 31
Chapter 4 Campaigning in the Low Countries 44
Chapter 5 Adventures in Southern Germany 60
Chapter 6 Enter the Duke of Berwick 76
Chapter 7 Year of Miracles 104
Chapter 8 Over the Seas to Spain 129
Chapter 9 Vexatious Distractions 143
Chapter 10 France at Bay 159
Chapter 11 Unattainable Peace 172
Chapter 12 An End to a Weary Journey 194
Chapter 13 A Balance of Power 212
Appendix 1 The Main Terms of the 1702 Treaty of Grand Alliance 218
Appendix 2 The Main Terms of the Treaties of Utrecht, Baden and Rastadt, and Madrid (1713-15) 219
Appendix 3 Key Military Figures in the War of the Spanish Succession 221