The War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714

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Pen and Sword, Oct 30, 2015 - History - 256 pages
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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. rn In a clear and perceptive narrative he describes and analyses the complex political manoeuvres 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.rn 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.
 

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Contents

This is the King of Spain
1
The Grand Alliance
21
The French Offensive
31
Campaigning in the Low Countries
44
Adventures in Southern Germany
60
Enter the Duke of Berwick
76
Year of Miracles
105
Over the Seas to Spain
129
Unattainable Peace
172
An End to a Weary Journey
194
A Balance of Power
212
The Main Terms of the 1702 Treaty of Grand Alliance
218
The Main Terms of the Treaties of Utrecht Baden and Rastadt and Madrid 17131715
219
Key Military Figures in the War of Spanish Succession
221
Notes
233
Bibliography
249

Vexatious Distractions
143
France at Bay
159

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James Falkner is a leading authority on eighteenth-century warfare and he has made a special study of the military exploits of the 1st Duke of Marlborough. His book, Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles 1704-1709, is one of the outstanding studies of the subject. His other books include Blenheim 1704, Ramillies 1706, Marlborough Goes to War: Eyewitness Accounts 1702-1713, Marlborough's Sieges, Marlborough's Battlefields, Fire Over the Rock: The Great Siege of Gibraltar 1779-1783, Marshal Vauban and the Defence of Louis XIV's France, Marlborough's War Machine and The War of the Spanish Succession, 1701-1714.

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