The Treaties of the War of the Spanish Succession: An Historical and Critical Dictionary

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Linda Frey, Marsha Frey
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - History - 576 pages
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From 1702 to 1714, the War of the Spanish Succession affected most of Europe and significant parts of the New World, with battles ranging from the Hungarian plains to the harbors of Rio de Janeiro. The death of the last Hapsburg King of Spain unleashed a struggle for his empire. This book includes entries analyzing the individuals who determined the course of the war, who played a diplomatic, economic, or military role, as well as entries analyzing the pivotal battles influencing the outcome. The provisions of the final treaties, known as the Pacification of Utrecht, are examined in detail, as is the significance of those provisions. The diplomats at Utrecht followed the principles of balance of power, compensation, and legitimacy to mold the peace. The peace set the boundaries of Western Europe until the convulsion of the French Revolution.

The book opens with an introduction pointing to the significance of the treaties provisions. The alphabetical arrangement of the entries, the numerous cross-references, the bibliographies at the end of the entries, a genealogical table, a chronology, and the index make this work easy to use.


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Page xix - The scales of the balance of power will never be exactly poised, nor is the precise point of equality either discernible or necessary to be discerned. It is sufficient in this, as in other human affairs, that the deviation be not too great. Some there will always be.
Page xxv - Age and experience might enable me to act with more ability, and greater skill : but all I have suffered since the death of the queen should not hinder me from acting. Notwithstanding this, I shall not be surprised if you think, that the peace of Utrecht was not answerable to the success of the war, nor to the efforts made in it. I think so myself, and have always owned, even when it was making and made, that I thought so. Since we had committed a successful folly, we ought to have reaped more advantage...

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LINDA FREY is Professor of History at the University of Montana.

MARSHA FREY is Professor of History at Kansas State University.

They have coauthored Frederick I, The Man and His Times (1984), A Question of Empire: Leopold I and the War of the Spanish Succession, 1701-1705 (1983), and Societies in Upheaval: Insurrections in France, Hungary, and Spain in the Early Eighteenth Century (Greenwood, 1987).

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