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War, Diplomacy and the Rise of Savoy, 1690-1720 : Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture - Christopher Storrs

War, Diplomacy and the Rise of Savoy, 1690-1720

Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture

Hardcover Published: 30th January 2010
ISBN: 9780521551465
Number Of Pages: 364

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This book deals with the crucial relationship between war and state formation in early modern Europe by considering the role of the Duchy of Savoy and the rise of this hitherto weak state into one of the regular members of the anti-French coalitions of the eighteenth century. Through his participation in the Nine Years War (1688-97) and the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14), Victor Amadeus II, duke of Savoy, acquired a reputation for unrivalled 'Machiavellian' diplomacy on the international stage. The book puts this diplomacy in context, and considers how the duke raised men and money (at home and abroad), the administrative changes forced by war, the resulting domestic pressures, and how these were dealt with. This is the first detailed study in English for this period of the state which would eventually unite Italy in the middle of the nineteenth century.

'... of great interest not only to specialists but also to those interested in absolutism, modernization and the other meta-narratives currently on offer for seventeenth- and eighteenth- century Europe'. The English Historical Review '... a significant contribution to the much-neglected field of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian history ... a welcome addition to the debate on the relationship between early modern state development and war.' War in History '... the book makes an invaluable contribution to a growing collection of new studies of early modern Italian states.' History

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Map: the Savoyard state, 1690âÇô1720
Introduction
The Savoyard army, 1690âÇô1720
Savoyard finance, 1690âÇô1720
Savoyard diplomacy, 1690âÇô1720
Government and politics in the Savoyard state, 1690âÇô1720
The Savoyard nobility, 1690âÇô1720
Regions and communities in the Savoyard state, 1690âÇô1720
Conclusion
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521551465
ISBN-10: 0521551463
Series: Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 30th January 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.65