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England and the Spanish Armada : the necessary quarrel

Author: James McDermott
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1603 was, to most contemporary Englishmen, a conflict for the soul of the nation. To their descendants, the Armada campaign of 1588 - the most dramatic phase of the struggle - represented a watershed in European history comparable to Waterloo, the Marne or Dunkirk. Like those battles, its outcome both preserved English freedoms and halted the momentum of an ambitious and alien empire."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Naval history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James McDermott
ISBN: 030010698X 9780300106985
OCLC Number: 56517828
Description: xvi, 411 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The two Barbaras --
The rise of the privateer --
Mid-Tudor malaise --
Gloriana --
The first Cold War --
God's Englishmen --
Non sufficit orbis, 1574-1584 --
Failing brinkmanship --
Military preparations, 1587-1588 --
Awaiting an enemy --
In defence of ourselves --
In happy hour --
Portland and Wight --
Gravelines and the North Sea --
A contrary success --
England's garland.
Responsibility: James McDermott.
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"The Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1603 was, to most contemporary Englishmen, a conflict for the soul of the nation. To their descendants, the Armada campaign of 1588 - the most dramatic phase of the struggle - represented a watershed in European history comparable to Waterloo, the Marne or Dunkirk. Like those battles, its outcome both preserved English freedoms and halted the momentum of an ambitious and alien empire." "Yet the victorious nation had contributed much to the conflict. This book examines the process by which the Spaniard, a long-term ally and friend, became in English eyes the epitome of human depravity, and how resistance to his imagined goals helped shape an emerging sense of nationhood." "The Armada campaign pitted Europe's mightiest military power against Christendom's most powerful navy in a battle for different ideals of civilisation. Both protagonists expected the clash to be decisive; neither, as it soon became apparent, knew how to fight a battle whose scale and character were beyond the experience of anyone in the two fleets. What ensued was not the heroic encounter of legend, but an inconclusive affair, redeemed - for England - by atrocious weather and poor Spanish understanding of the coastlines of western Scotland and Ireland."--Jacket.

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