The Eighty Years War

From Revolt to Regular War, 1568-1648

Olaf Van Nimwegen, Ronald Prud'homme Van Reine, and Adri Van Vliet

The Eighty Years War

Olaf Van Nimwegen, Ronald Prud'homme Van Reine, and Adri Van Vliet

Distributed for Leiden University Press

Edited by Petra Groen
496 pages | illustrated in full color throughout | 8 1/4 x 11
Cloth $89.50 ISBN: 9789087283339 Will Publish January 2020 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Eighty Years War follows the history of how the mightiest European power of the sixteenth century was finally brought to defeat. In 1648 the Spanish empire agreed to a peace treaty that ended decades of fighting and resulted in the division of the Low Countries and the creation of the Dutch Republic. From the outset, the conflict between the Dutch insurgents and their Spanish sovereign lord captured the imagination. Through eighty years of warfare, the provincial states and the Calvinists gained the upper hand in the north and the Spanish rulers and the Catholic church rose in the south. Against all expectations, Philip II and his successors failed to win a conclusive victory over their rebellious Dutch subjects, and Spain was compelled to admit military defeat at the negotiating table in Münster and recognize the breakaway Dutch provinces as a sovereign state.

The birth of the new state was to no small degree determined by the balance of military power on land and at sea, and this book, illustrated in color throughout, offers insight the military factors at play in the creation of the Dutch Republic. Filling a gap in the current scholarship, The Eighty Years War investigates the relationship between maritime and land-based developments in the fields of weapons technology, tactics, and organization in the period from 1568 to 1648.
 
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Jeremy Black, University of Exeter
“An excellent account of an important episode in military history and in the development of Europe. Takes forward existing work on the war. The use of images is particularly valuable.”
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