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The Origins of the Modern European State System, 1494-1618 Paperback – January 15, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0582229440 ISBN-10: 0582229448 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: The Modern European State System
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582229448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582229440
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,294,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "guiscard" on May 19, 2002
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I wish I had this book when I was in college, because it would have made an excellent textbook for my course on 'War and Diplomacy'. This book is a good political and economic overview of the period between the Italian Wars and the Thirty Years War. M S Anderson starts this book by explaining that in early modern Europe nations fought for dynastic prestige or religious differences. The monarchs also had a healthy respect for the balance of power. Anderson also mentions that the high expense of warfare kept wars inconclusive.
Anderson begins by describing the Habsburg-Valois wars in the first half of the sixteenth century. During the Italian wars, France had gained and lost Milan, and Spain had captured Milan and Naples. Afterward, the Hapsburg Charles V inherited a vast empire, including Spain, Spanish America, the United Netherlands and the Hapsburg lands in Germany. But Charles V wanted to regain Burgundy, which once belonged to the Hapsburgs, from France. Francis I wanted Milan back from Spain. Francis 1 and Charles V fought a series of inconclusive wars for the prestige of regaining what was once theirs.. Neither Spain nor France was able to gain their goals because of the lack of money. Francis I was desperate enough to ally with Protestants and the Ottoman Empire to attack Charles V.
The balance of power shifted after the Hapsburg-Valois wars. After Francis 1 died in 1547 France was weakened by a series of civil wars fought between political factions and religious divisions until 1585. Charles V abdicated in 1555, dividing the Hapsburg Empire between his brother Ferdinand, and his son Philip 2. Philip 2 had continual problems from revolts in the Netherlands. The revolt in the Netherlands cost Philip 2 huge amounts of money.
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