The War of the Spanish Succession 1701 - 1714

James Falkner

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 absorbi
Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
b&w
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781590317
Pages : 280
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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$49.95

Overview
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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.

In a clear and perceptive narrative he describes and analyses the complex political maneuvers 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.

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.

About The Author
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James Falkner is among the foremost authorities on the War of the Spanish Succession and the military exploits of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. His book Great and Glorious Days: Marlborough's Battles 1704-1709 is one of the definitive studies of the subject. A former British army officer, he has frequently led tours of the major battlefields of the war - the Schellenberg, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.

REVIEWS
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"an overview of the entire conflict... fills the gap in a book that brings the entire war to your finger tips. The author has a solid grasp of the history and reports it in a well done no-nonsense style without any hint of bias. I find this refreshing in a book about this war. Most of the books I have read on the subject have a definite English bias, at least in the amount of information about each side in the war. So thank you Mr. Falkner, and Casemate, for this book. It brings to life the war and its battles, and campaigns, and is a great addition to anyone's library."

- A Wargamers Needful Things

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