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Philip III and the Pax Hispanica, 1598-1621 by Paul C. Allen
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Jul 25, 11

bookshelves: age-of-thirty-years-war-1600-1660
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An excellent study of Spanish foreign policy that depicts Philip III's peace strategy with France, England, and especially the Dutch Republic. Highly valuable for the discussion of peace/truce talks between Philip III, Archduke Albert, and the United Provinces showing that financial constraints and military problems forced Spain to seek a respite from the continual struggle with the Dutch. The negotiations led to the Twelve Years' Truce (1609-1621). Philip III had hoped that the respite would allow Spain to regain financial and military strength in order to fight and defeat the Dutch at a later date. The so-called Pax Hispanica just didn't work out as planned. Great read and highly recommended.
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