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Book Title: Felipe II|
The author of the book: Geoffrey Parker
Edition: Alianza Editorial
Date of issue: 1998
ISBN 13: 9788420635149
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Philip II of Spain was the most powerful man of his age, for 40 years he ruled a quarter of the world's population in an empire which ranged through Europe and the Americas, and across the Pacific to the Philippines (named after him). He is best known in association with the Spanish Armada and its defeat, but he came closer then to taking England by force than Napoleon or Hitler ever managed. Indeed, England had been a small part of his Catholic world empire while Philip was married to bloody Queen Mary.
Probably his greatest achievement was the Hispanisation and Catholicizing of Mexico, and Central and South America, but Philip's refusal to trust anyone and his obsessions with religion, magic, the arts (Titian worked for him; Cervantes, Breughel and El Greco all came under his influence) are as important in appraising the man as his political achievements. Geoffrey Parker, the foremost authority on Philip II and his age, has used the primary source of Philip's personal papers to create the most accurate and intimate portrait yet to emerge.
El libro de bolsillo. Historia; 4155
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Read information about the authorGeoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History and an Associate of the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University. He has published widely on the social, political and military history of early modern Europe, and in 2012 the Royal Dutch Academy recognized these achievements by awarding him its biennial Heineken Foundation Prize for History, open to scholars in any field, and any period, from any country.
Parker has written or co-written thirty-nine books, including The Military Revolution: Military innovation and the rise of the West, 1500-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 1988), winner of the 'best book prize' from both the American Military Institute and the Society for the History of Technology; The Grand Strategy of Philip II (Yale University Press, 1998), which won the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society of Military History; and Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (Yale University Press, 2013), which won the Society of Military History’s Distinguished Book Prize and also one of the three medals awarded in 2014 by the British Academy for ‘a landmark academic achievement… which has transformed understanding of a particular subject’.
Before moving to Ohio State in 1997, Parker taught at Cambridge and St Andrews universities in Britain, at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and at Illinois and Yale Universities in the United States, teaching courses on the Reformation, European history and military history at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has directed or co-directed over thirty Doctoral Dissertations to completion, as well as several undergraduate theses. In 2006 he won an OSU Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.
He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and has four children. In 1987 he was diagnosed as having Multiple Sclerosis. His latest book is Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II (Yale University Press, 2014).
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