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The Armada of Flanders : Spanish Maritime Policy and European War, 1568-1668 - R. A. Stradling

The Armada of Flanders

Spanish Maritime Policy and European War, 1568-1668

Hardcover Published: 28th February 1992
ISBN: 9780521405348
Number Of Pages: 300

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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.

Prologue - Failure and Retrenchment, 1568û1621
The search for a naval policy
Dunkirk rediscovered
The Great Offensive, 1621û1640
The first quinquennium
The first crisis
DunkirkÆs golden decade
Dunkirk and the Defence of Empire, 1640û1658
The Flanders fleet in the South
The prize of Dunkirk
Quills, Keels and Cutlasses
Men and ships - the cutting edge
Administration - structures, personnel, finance
Prizetaking - plunder of a century
Epilogue - decay and transition, 1658û1668
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ISBN: 9780521405348
ISBN-10: 0521405343
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 28th February 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.95  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.56