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Emperor Charles V, Impresario of War: Campaign Strategy, International Finance, and Domestic Politics (Hardback)
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Emperor Charles V, Impresario of War: Campaign Strategy, International Finance, and Domestic Politics (Hardback)

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Hardback 362 Pages / Published: 14/11/2002
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Emperor Charles V (1500-1558) asserted his princely authority by deciding at times to lead his own armies to war, despite the misgivings of advisers. Since Europe's wars were fought with money borrowed against future revenues, even an emperor had to share power with his bankers, and his parliaments. This 2002 book examines all three dimensions of European warfare. Charles's role as commander-in-chief is evaluated by measuring the strategic aims of his personal campaigns. The process by which bankers took control of the finances of the Habsburg lands becomes clear from an examination of where the money came from to pay for Charles's campaigns. Finally, a comparison of the realms that provided most of Charles's revenues - Castile, Naples, and three Low Countries provinces - shows how some parliamentary bodies, if not all, successfully pursued long-term local interests by exploiting the dynasty's need for money.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521814317
Number of pages: 362
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'This is a meticulous piece of scholarship ... This is an important book. It draws together a mass of information gleaned from a wide range of European archives and, more significantly, offers a new perspective on Charles V and the modus operandi of the Habsburg dynastic empire.' Alastair Duke, Ashgate
Review of the hardback: 'Tracey must be congratulated on a book which not only deals with a key aspect of Charles's career - one which is not as fully treated in some other recent studies of Charles V - but which also makes available important work by European scholars, particularly on Naples, which is otherwise not easily accessible, and one which, finally, fruitfully adopts a comparative approach in order to draw some important conclusions about war, politics, and finance in sixteenth-century Europe.' Journal of Early Modern History
Review of the hardback: 'One must admire the comprehensive scholarship and depth of understanding that has shaped this work ...'. Australian History Yearbook
"[A]n effective demonstration of the limits of imperial power and of the critical importance of finance in early modern politics and warfare...Tracy provides an extremely clear analysis of the relationship between money and military power in early modern Europe and a useful addition to the literature on Charles V." Michael J. Levin, University of Akron, Sixteenth Century Journal
"[Tracy's] study stands out as one of the few serious contributions made in any language during the past century to the study of Charles V within his European context. It is innovative, profoundly researched, wholly original, and generally reliable...It is difficult to exaggerate the value of this study." Renaissance Quarterly
"...it is an impressive discussion of sixteenth-century government in its most vulnerable state." History
"Rich in original information and shrewd in analysis, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in warfare during the Renaissance." The Journal of Military History
"...a judicious and balanced assessment of Charles's accomplishments. Recommended." Choice

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