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The Armada of Flanders
Spanish Maritime Policy and European War, 1568–1668

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History

  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511879425

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  • The Flanders armada, took shape in response to the use of seapower by the Dutch rebels, and evolved into the most effective unit in Spain's defence establishment. In combination with its privateering auxiliaries, this elite striking force dominated the North Sea for some twenty years (1625–45), and campaigned also in the Mediterranean and Atlantic theatres of war. Yet its contribution to the tenacious survival of Spanish hegemony has never before been assessed. A narrative of the armada's fighting record over the century of its meaningful existence is presented with constant reference to the strategic-logistical context and analysis of policymaking in Madrid. Attention is paid to the political significance of maritime policy, and particularly the relationship between Madrid and its subordinate headquarters in Brussels; the infrastructure of the armada; the ships themselves, above all the revolutionary but elusive 'frigate'; the social hierarchy of crews and commanders; and details of administration and financing.

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511879425
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 maps 16 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Prologue - Failure and Retrenchment, 1568–1621:
    1. The search for a naval policy
    2. Dunkirk rediscovered
    Part II. The Great Offensive, 1621–1640:
    3. The first quinquennium
    4. The first crisis
    5. Dunkirk's golden decade
    Part III. Dunkirk and the Defence of Empire, 1640–1658:
    6. The Flanders fleet in the South
    7. The prize of Dunkirk
    Part IV. Quills, Keels and Cutlasses:
    8. Men and ships - the cutting edge
    9. Administration - structures, personnel, finance
    10. Prizetaking - plunder of a century
    Epilogue - decay and transition, 1658–1668
    Appendices.

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    R. A. Stradling, University of Wales College of Cardiff

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