'The Spanish Resurgence 1713-1748' - new book by Dr Christopher Storrs launched
Published on Fri 10 Mar 2017
The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748, a new book by Dr Chris Storrs, has been formally launched at the Spanish embassy in London recently. The launch event was attended by around 80 people and featured a book signing and talk by Dr Storrs. Published by Yale University Press at the end of 2016, the book is a major reassessment of Philip V’s leadership and what it meant for the modern Spanish state.
Often dismissed as ineffective, indolent, and dominated by his second wife, Philip V of Spain (1700–1746), the first Bourbon king, was in fact the greatest threat to peace in Europe during his reign. Under his rule, Spain was a dynamic force and expansionist power, especially in the Mediterranean world. Campaigns in Italy and North Africa revitalized Spanish control in the Mediterranean region, and the arrival of the Bourbon dynasty signalled a sharp break from Habsburg attitudes and practices. Challenging long-held understandings of early eighteenth-century Europe and the Atlantic world, Dr Storrs draws on a rich array of primary documents to trace the political, military, and financial innovations that laid the framework for the modern Spanish state and the coalescence of a national identity. He illuminates the remarkable revival of Spanish power after 1713 and sheds new light on the often underrated king who made Spain’s resurgence possible.
Dr Storrs, a Reader in History at the University of Dundee, accompanied the launch of the book with a post on the Yale Blog ‘Yale Books Unbound’, where he discussed Philip V’s biggest contribution to the Spanish resurgence and the actions of Spain in the Mediterranean.