The Protagonists Collection
The Protagonists of History in International Perspective book series was first conceived as a way of bringing fresh attention and perspectives to some of Europe’s most influential leaders, from the 16th century onwards. The figures profiled in these books had an indelible effect not just on the history of their own nation, but many others as well. Their lives and careers contain valuable lessons that remain significant and relevant to this day, when trying to understand the complex relationship between European powers. The books in this series are written by a team of academics and are produced to the very highest standards.
This set contains:
From Michiel de Ruyter to The Duke of Marlborough, books in this series are a collaboration between an international team of academics, who bring their varied and diverse view points to our understanding of these great diplomats, generals and leaders. The set contains:
De Ruyter, Dutch Admiral
Some people see him as the man who saved the Dutch Republic, and ensured its independence. He knew how to fight a sea-battle on the grandest scale. He could also haggle like a canny Dutch merchant, achieving the release of Hungarian clergymen from Spanish captivity and that of Dutch sailors from barbarian imprisonment. Louis XIV, often his opponent, called him 'a man who did honour to humanity'. In this book, nine leading historical authorities, from seven different countries, examine his astonishing career.
Marlborough, Soldier and Diplomat
The subject of numerous books in English, Marlborough has typically been seen only in terms of British political and military history. In this book, twelve leading specialists of the period broaden the perspective by assessing Marlborough in the wider and more diverse contexts of the European situation, the common soldier in the British army, the complementary activities of navies, the differing perspectives of the Austrians, Dutch, French, and Germans as well as in the context of the British popular press and the visual arts. Marlborough: Soldier and Diplomat is lavishly illustrated with contemporary artwork and photographs of important places in Marlborough's world. Each of its twelve chapters are dedicated to forming a complete but multi-faceted view of this important figure in European history.
Alba, General and Servant to the Crown
During his long and fascinating life Alba revealed wide-ranging skills and interests. A successful soldier, he was also a distinguished courtier and an influential diplomat serving his monarchs, Charles V and Philip II, without fail. Moreover, he was a maecenas and an avid art collector. Alba: General and Servant to the Crown is beautifully illustrated with contemporary paintings and works of art, drawn from collections around the world. Each of its fifteen chapters is dedicated to developing a new understanding of a sometimes misunderstood figure in European history.
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