The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road, 1567-1659: The Logistics of Spanish Victory and Defeat in the Low Countries' Wars

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 14, 2004 - History - 291 pages
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The publication of The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road in 1972 marked the birth of the 'new military history', which emphasized military organization - mobilization, pay, supply, morale and, above all, logistics - rather than military 'events' such as sieges and battles. Geoffrey Parker studied one of the great logistical feats of early modern Europe: how Habsburg Spain managed to maintain and mobilize the largest army in Europe in an 80-year effort to suppress the Dutch Revolt, at 700 miles' distance. Using a unique combination of surviving records, he presented strikingly the logistical problems of fighting wars in early modern Europe, and demonstrated why Spain failed to suppress the Dutch Revolt. The book has been constantly cited since its first publication in English (with translations into Spanish and Dutch). This revised second edition includes some new sources and updates some references but otherwise remains faithful to the original version.
 

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Contents

Mobilization
21
The military corridors of the Army of Flanders
42
The Spanish Road
70
The High Command
91
The Army of Flanders and Grand Strategy
109
Financial resources
118
Life in the Army of Flanders
133
Mutiny
157
The speed of overland military expeditions between Lombardy and the Low Countries
A-40
The senior officers of the Army of Flanders 15671659
A-41
Philip IIs budget for 1574 sources
A-49
Financing Spanish imperialism in the Netherlands 156676
A-50
Annual expenditure by the pagaduria on victuals for the troops
A-51
The tail of the Army of Flanders women and servants with the troops
A-52
The mutinies of the Army of Flanders
A-53
The receipts of the military treasury of the Army of Flanders 15671665
A-57

Wastage and reformation
177
Demobilization
190
Spain its enemies and the revolt of the Netherlands
195
The organization of the Army of Flanders
A-33
Spanish and Italian troops sent to the Netherlands 15671640
A-37
Towns captured by the Army of Flanders 157890
A-61
The chain of command
A-62
Bibliography
A-63
Index
A-76
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Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History, The Ohio State University and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is one of the world's most prolific and distinguished historians of early modern Europe, above all on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish and military history.

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