Spanish History 101, Ep. 30: The War of the Spanish Succession

The death of King Carlos II in 1700 left Spain without an heir, but Carlos’ chosen successor, the Frenchman Philip of Anjou, would find taking control of the country a tougher challenge than he originally expected, as geopolitics, dynastic ambitions and the interests of the different kingdoms and regions of Spain got in the way. As well as a handful of nations who got involved to ensure no one would tilt the balance of power in Western Europe too much in anyone’s favor. Philip (or Felipe V) would creat the Crown of Spain and centralize much of the administrative sectors of the country, much to several regions’ frustration. The unification of Spain was now pretty much complete. Listen and enjoy.

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