Italy, Piedmont and the War of Spanish Succession 1701-1712

Ciro Paoletti

The second book ever made on this subject in the last century, and the first in English; both by the same author.
Date Published :
January 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
c. 185 b/w illustrations, maps and plans, 16 pages color plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336493
Pages : 356
Dimensions : 9.8 X 7.1 inches
Stock Status : Available


The War of Spanish Succession is well known in English concerning Flanders and Germany, not that much concerning Spain, not at all about Italy. The Italian front was so important that the French considered it as important as the German one, and committed there their best generals. William III considered it to be far more important than Spain, and, in spite of having no British army there, after King William’s death London committed to it 1/10 of her war expense.

It was considered so important in Vienna that the Emperor sent there his best general. Last, it was the front where all the French hopes to submit Europe died in Turin in 1706 after the first dramatic wound they suffered in Blenheim in 1704.

About The Author

The author is Italian, born in 1962. He achieved his Masters in Rome and Phd. in Paris. He has authored more than 400 works, including 24 books, more than 60 conference papers and more than 140 articles in Italy and abroad. He is the current General Secretary of the Italian Commission of Military History and a member of two other Italian, two non-Italian, and an international historical organization.


“The numerous sieges and battles are covered in great detail. The diplomatic ebb and flow is also covered but this is a military history title above all, and so would suit students of history or wargamers wishing to expand their knowledge of the period.”

- The NYMAS Review

"This book offers a different perspective on the War of Spanish Succession, that of small, independent Italian states trying to survive when affected by the power struggle between France and the Empire, that presents wargamers with a variety of unfamiliar actions and sieges to refight instead of Marlborough’s more famous victories."

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