The Grand Strategy of Philip II

The Grand Strategy of Philip II

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By (author) Geoffrey Parker

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 474 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 36mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 11 March 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300082738
  • ISBN 13: 9780300082739
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 423,758

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This fascinating book is highly original, in that it specifically analyses how Philip II of Spain ruled the first global empire in history, from 1556 to his death in 1598. Geoffrey Parker investigates the strengths and weaknesses of Philip's strategic vision, the priorities that underlay his policies, the practices and prejudices that influenced his decision-making, and the external factors that affected the achievement of his goals. Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at The Ohio State University, and winner of the 2012 Heineken History Prize. Among his other books is 'Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century'. 'A splendid study ...Parker offers an enthralling analysis', Henry Kamen, Times Literary Supplement 'A deeply-researched, sublime and immensely satisfying analysis of the policies of one of the most important figures in western and world history during the past one thousand years.' Paul Kennedy 'This is a history that moves backward from the strategic concerns of today; that gives it an edge and an immediacy few other books on Philip have achieved ...A highly detailed but also immensely readable book.' Anthony Pagden, New York Times Book Review 'Basing his work on the mass of unpublished letters, declarations and notes that the 'prudent king' wrote and received ...Parker leads us with consummate skill through the thorny problems of Philip's reign.' Hugh Thomas, Wall Street Journal '...history on a grand scale. In it, Parker has distilled the fruit of thirty years' research and writing, which have made him the leading authority on Spain's relations with Northern Europe in the early modern era ...A highly sophisticated and stimulating work.' Bruce Taylor, History: Review of New Books.

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Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at The Ohio State University.

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"A deeply-researched, sublime and immensely satisfying analysis of the policies of one of the most important figures in western and world history during the past one thousand years." Paul Kennedy "This is a history that moves backward from the strategic concerns of today; that gives it an edge and an immediacy few other books on Philip have achieved...A highly detailed but also immensely readable book." Anthony Pagden, New York Times Book Review "A splendid study...Parker offers an enthralling analysis." Henry Kamen, Times Literary Supplement "A superb study that is part biography, part military history, and part strategic treatise...No less remarkable than Parker's mastery of voluminous Spanish archives is his use of Philip's rule to illuminate the broader problems of grand strategy, including such supposedly modern phenomena as information overload." Foreign Affairs "The Grand Strategy of Philip II is history on a grand scale. In it, Parker has distilled the fruit of thirty years' research and writing, which have made him the leading authority on Spain's relations with northern Europe in the early modern era...A highly sophisticated and stimulating work." Bruce Taylor, History: Review of New Books

Editorial reviews

Between 1556 and 1598 Philip II of Spain created the first global empire in history and dominated both the old world and the new. How did he manage it? In this splendid new study one of our finest historians sets out to answer that question by examining the political, military and diplomatic machine created by this remarkable personality. He explores in detail Philip's attempts to subdue the Netherlands, his peacetime negotiations with the English and Scots, and his launching of the Armada against them in 1588. Fortunately he failed in his plan to create a 'universal monarchy' and Parker's fascinating analysis of that failure draws parallels with the ambitions, designs and problems facing world leaders in our own centuries. (Kirkus UK)