Philip III and the Pax Hispanica, 1598-1621: The Failure of Grand Strategy

Philip III and the Pax Hispanica, 1598-1621

The Failure of Grand Strategy

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ISBN10: 0300076827 ISBN13: 9780300076820 Publisher: Yale Univ Pr Published: Mar 1 2000 Pages: 335 Weight: 1.45lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.50" Language: English

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Impoverished and exhausted after fifty years of incessant warfare, the great Spanish Empire at the turn of the sixteenth century negotiated treaties with its three most powerful enemies: England, France, and the Netherlands. This intriguing book examines the strategies that led King Philip III to extend the laurel branch to his foes. Paul Allen argues that, contrary to widespread belief, the king’s gestures of peace were in fact part of a grand strategy to enable Spain to regain military and economic strength while its opponents were falsely lulled away from their military pursuits. From the outset, Allen contends, Philip and his advisers intended the Pax Hispanica to continue only until Spain was able to resume its battles?and defeat its enemies. Drawing on primary sources from the four countries involved, the book begins with a discussion of how Spanish foreign policy was formulated and implemented to achieve political and religious aims. The author investigates the development of Philip’s ?peace

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