Author: James Falkner.
Title: The War of Spanish Succession 1701-1714.
Publisher: Pen & Sword Publishing.
read this book on my Nook e-reader. It's a critical study of the War
of Spanish Succession. Louis XIV put his grandson on the Spanish
throne. The Allies declared war in protest. The conflict dragged in
most of western Europe.
The French had the largest
armies, but the worst led generals. Many marshals were royal bastards
who didn't know how to command. The generals who knew how to fight
weren't gentlemen and didn't get along with their compatriots. The
Allies were no less fractured. The Dutch didn't want the British to
leave Holland. The Austrians were only concerned with Italy. Eugene of
Savoy had his hands full keeping his army in the field fed and
clothed. Marlborough had similar problems with his forces.
the end, the map of Europe went back to its antebellum borders. The
French and Spanish lost influence and property, while England became a
maritime power at the expense of the other European powers. But it was a
long and drawn out war that should be settled much sooner than it