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Spanish Naval Power, 1589–1665

Spanish Naval Power, 1589–1665
Reconstruction and Defeat

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History

  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522571

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  • This is the first book to attempt a comprehensive analysis of the state of Spain's naval forces in the years following the defeat of the Great Armada in 1588 and during the seventeenth century. This was a period in which all of Europe's maritime powers were attaching increasing importance to naval warfare in their bid to topple Spain and to seize the rich pickings of her vast empire. The book's findings throw new light on the conservation of Spain's timber resources, naval funding, and the recruitment and status of the Spanish seaman, in a study of the political, social, economic and technological conditions that influenced the character and performance of the Spanish navy.

    • The first book on the subject of Spain's navies in the century after the defeat of the Armada
    • Offers a broad coverage of the topic, ranging from the conservation of forests to the status and lives of seamen
    • Contains material drawn from hitherto unexplored archives in Spain
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this is a useful book for every maritime historian interested in this topic of widespread historical significance. It is based on thorough archival research and presents numerous new facts and details." Victor Enthoven, Military History

    "...carefully constructed, well documented, and comprehensive, Goodman's Spanish Naval Power provides more than an analysis of Spain's rise and decline as a naval power. It also gives a fascinating insight into Spanish social, economic, political and administrative history. It is to be highly recommended to anyone interested in the complex operations of the early-mosern European state." Charles J. Jago, Canadian Journal of History

    "This is very interesting indeed, and there are sections of the book that make fascinating reading. [Goodman] delivers a great deal: a well-researched, carefully written, and important study. He has done a magnificent job of finding material in the archives." American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522571
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 7 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction: the rise and fall of Spanish naval power
    Part I. Money and Materials:
    1. Funding the fleets
    2. Counting the trees: the conservation of Spain's forests
    3. Shipbuilding
    4. Preparing to sail
    Part II. Personnel:
    5. Officials of the quill
    6. Counting the crews
    7. Officers and men
    Conclusion: towards an explanation
    Appendices.

  • Author

    David Goodman, The Open University, Milton Keynes

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