This collection, which forms part of the UB’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, contains documents related to the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1714), which was triggered when Charles II of Spain died without an heir. The European powers fought to gain control over the extensive territories of the Spanish empire. Ultimately, the war ended in the defeat of 11 September, 1714.
The effects of the defeat of 1714 and the subsequent repression have typically been the focus of most approaches to the War of the Spanish Succession, obscuring or simply ignoring its many other facets. As a result, broader treatises can add a wealth and depth of analysis to the vast complexity of that historic moment.
The documents in the collection cover several of the key periods in the conflict: the war with France at the end of the seventeenth century, the dynastic dispute over the succession of Charles II among the great powers of Europe, the reign of Philip V, the arrival of Archduke Charles of Austria and the unfolding of the war, the sieges, the defeat of the forces supporting Archduke Charles’s claim and the consequences of that defeat.
You can also consult:
- Virtual exhibition: Chronicle of a Long Succession Conflict. A selection of materials from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library - (UB’s CRAI Libraries).
- Thematic collection: War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1714) - (UB’s CRAI Libraries).