Agents of Empire: Spanish Ambassadors in Sixteenth-Century Italy

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Agents of Empire: Spanish Ambassadors in Sixteenth-Century Italy Political Science
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Historians have long held that during the decades from the end of the Habsburg-Valois Wars in 1559 until the outbreak in 1618 of the Thirty Years' War, Spanish domination of Italy was so complete that one can refer to the period as a 'pax hispanica.' In this book, based on extensive research in the papers of the ambassadors who represented Charles V and Phillip II, Michael J. Levin instead reveals the true fragility of Spanish control and the ambiguous nature of its impact on Italian political and cultural life.

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