The Road to Rocroi: Class, Culture and Command in the Spanish Army of Flanders, 1567-1659

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BRILL, 2009 - 406 páginas
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The Eighty Years War (1567-1659) has been the subject of important monographs but the high command of the Army of Flanders, which played a decisive role in the making of Spanish strategy and was in charge of its tactics, has eluded detailed scrutiny. This work, the first study of an early modern officer corps, examines the culture, class structure, and combat effectiveness of the largest army of its day. Combining approaches and insights from social, cultural and military history, it traces the evolution of the leading cadres of the legendary tercios in relation to major trends such as aristocratization and military modernization while revising recent perspectives on Spaina (TM)s war against the Dutch and the French in the Low Countries.
 

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Introduction
1
PART ONE THE SCHOOL OF ALBA 15671621
47
Introduction
49
Staffi ng the School of Alba
53
Chapter Two Internal Structure and Hierarchy in the Early Army of Flanders
89
Chapter Three Discipline and Justice in an Age of Mutinies
107
Projects of Reform in the Spanish Offi cer Corps
121
THE MILITARY REFORMS AND POLICIES OF THE COUNTDUKE OF OLIVARES 16211643
145
The Impact of Aristocratization
183
Chapter Four Olivares Structural Reforms in the High Command
215
The Olivarean Reform of Military Justice
263
THE LEGACY OF OLIVARES IN THE ARMY OF FLANDERS 16431659
277
The Battle of Rocroi
279
Chapter Two The Legacy of Olivares and the End of the War in Flanders 16431659
331
Conclusion
373
Bibliography
381

Chapter One Olivares as Military Trainer
149
Chapter Two The Evolution of the CountDukes Appointment Policies
159

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Fernando González de León, Ph.D. (1992) in History, The Johns Hopkins University, is Associate Professor of History at Springfield College and has published essays on early modern and modern Spanish history with an emphasis on military, social and cultural factors.

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