Phillip II of Spain

Early Modern European History

by Dr Francois Soyer. Produced by Simon Brown, 12th August 2015

The emergence of a new social class

In this podcast Dr Francois Soyer looks at Phillip II's reign, how his government worked, the emergence of a new social class in Spain, the problems with personal rule: inefficiency, corruption and unrealistic expectations and Hapsburg rule under Phillip, bureaucracy and the growth of modern government.

How did government work under his rule? The emergence of a new social class.
The problems with personal rule: inefficiency, corruption and unrealistic expectations.
Hapsburg rule under Phillip - bureaucracy and the growth of modern government.


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