At the beginning of the seventeenth century Spain was the foremost power in Europe. Yet during the hundred years that followed, it suffered an acute decline, economically and politically. Graham Darby traces the course of Spain's eventful history down to the inglorious end of the Habsburg monarchy and analyses the various, often conflicting, explanations and interpretations of `decline'.
Part 1 The Background.
1. The Spanish Habsburg Monarchy.
2. Government and Resources.
Part 2 Descriptive Analysis.
3. The Reign of Philip III 1598-1621.
4. The Reign of Philip IV (1) 1621-43.
5. The Reign of Philip IV (2) 1643-65.
6. The Reign of Charles II 1665-1700.
Part 3 Assessment
7. The Decline of Spain.
Part 4 Documents.
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