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    European History Buffs

    I need a European History buff to make sure I covered all of the important ground for the following question:

    "What was the result of Charles II Hapsburg's accession to the throne of Spain - what events transpired because of his infirmities? How did the War of Spanish Succession illustrate the new post-Westphalia foreign policy ideal?"

    Results of Charles II’s Accession to Spanish Throne

    1. Charles II was the “mentally and physically feeble” ruler of Spain from 1665-1700.
    2. The reign of Charles II was agonizingly painful for the people of Spain. The economy was sluggish, there was widespread hunger, and the monarchy’s power over Spanish provinces became extremely weak. He was often ignored and the power during his reign often became the subject of various schemes and foreign (especially French) influence.
    3. The decline of Spanish power and prestige accelerated under Charles II. This can largely be attributed to the reasons outlined above.
    4. His death and appointment of a grandson of Louis XIV as his successor led to the War of Spanish Succession. With his death, the Spanish Hapsburg dynasty died with him. He named a grand nephew of his first wife, Philip, who was also a grandson of Louis XIV of France to be the successor upon his death. The French Bourbon’s inheritance of the Spanish throne provoked the War of Spanish Succession.

    The War of Spanish Succession


    1. The War of Spanish Succession marks the rise of the Balance of Power as the prevailing issue in European wars instead of religion. This was an essential and drastic change. After the Peace of Westphalia, the issue of religion dissipated as causation for wars in Europe. Now, opposing sides fought to preserve the Balance of Power – a “just equilibrium” between nations in order to prevent any one nation from becoming strong enough to enable it to enforce its will upon the rest.
    2. The War of Spanish Succession pitted a coalition led by William III against France in order to preserve the Balance of Power. By gaining control of the Spanish throne, the Balance of Power in Europe would be drastically upset by the French. The French lost a number of major battles and as a result had to accept unfavorable terms in the Peace of Utrecht.
    3. The Peace of Utrecht of 1713-1714 recognized Philip as the King of Spain, but barred the unification of the two kingdoms. Philip had to renounce his place in the French line of succession to ensure that, although Spain now had a Bourbon king, he could not unify Spain with the French throne. The new essential concept of the Balance of Power was first mentioned in the Peace of Utrecht.

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    No one?

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    Sorry dude, I just helped my 11 y/o with her algebra homework.... I'm burnt.


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    Ha..
    I'll take algebra over history anyday.
    At least i know the algebra can be proven 100%.

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    all the european history i learned, i got from Monty Python

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    Hahahahahaha... when is your report due in?

    Go to wikipedia, you can find most of what you've asked there...

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    nnnnneep

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    Quote Originally Posted by indivision
    nnnnneep
    Do you mean... "Nnnnnn-eii!"

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    ecky ecky ecky ecky zooooooooooooot neeeeeee wum

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    Quote Originally Posted by admedia
    ecky ecky ecky ecky zooooooooooooot neeeeeee wum
    Oh my...

    ARTHUR: O, Knights of Ni, we have brought you your shrubbery.
    May we go now?
    HEAD KNIGHT: It is a good shrubbery. I like the laurels
    particularly. But there is one small problem.
    ARTHUR: What is that?
    HEAD KNIGHT: We are now... no longer the Knights Who Say Ni.
    RANDOM: Ni!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Shh shh. We are now the Knights Who Say
    Ekke ekke ekke ptang zoo boing!
    RANDOM: Ni!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Therefore, we must give you a test.
    ARTHUR: What is this test, O Knights of-- Knights Who 'Til
    Recently Said Ni?
    HEAD KNIGHT: Firstly, you must find... another shrubbery!
    [dramatic chord]
    ARTHUR: Not another shrubbery!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must
    place it here beside this shrubbery, only slightly higher so you
    get a two-level effect with a little path running down the middle.
    KNIGHTS: A path! A path! Ni!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must
    cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!
    [dramatic chord]
    ARTHUR: We shall do no such thing!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Oh, please!
    ARTHUR: Cut down a tree with a herring? It can't be done.
    KNIGHTS: Aaaaugh! Aaaugh!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Don't say that word.
    ARTHUR: What word?
    HEAD KNIGHT: I cannot tell, suffice to say is one of the words
    the Knights of Ni cannot hear.
    ARTHUR: How can we not say the word if you don't tell us what it is?
    KNIGHTS: Aaaaugh! Aaaugh!
    ARTHUR: What, `is'?
    HEAD KNIGHT: No, not `is' -- we couldn't get vary far in life not
    saying `is'.
    BEDEVERE: My liege, it's Sir Robin!
    MINSTREL (singing): Packing it in and packing it up
    And sneaking away and buggering up
    And chickening out and pissing about
    Yes, bravely he is throwing in the sponge
    ARTHUR: Oh, Robin!
    ROBIN: My liege! It's good to see you!
    KNIGHTS: Aaaaugh!
    HEAD KNIGHT: He said the word!
    ARTHUR: Surely you've not given up your quest for the Holy Grail?
    MINSTREL (singing): He is sneaking away and buggering up--
    ROBIN: Shut up! No, no no-- far from it.
    HEAD KNIGHT: He said the word again!
    ROBIN: I was looking for it.
    KNIGHTS: Aaaaugh!
    ROBIN: Uh, here, here in this forest.
    ARTHUR: No, it is far from--
    KNIGHTS: Aaaaugh!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Aaaaugh! Stop saying the word!
    ARTHUR: Oh, stop it!
    KNIGHTS: Aaaaugh!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Oh! He said it again!
    ARTHUR: Patsy!
    HEAD KNIGHT: Aaugh! I said it! I said it! Ooh! I said it
    again! That's three its!
    KNIGHTS: Aaaaugh!
    Narrative Interlude
    NARRATOR: And so Arthur and Bedevere and Sir Robin set out on
    their search to find the enchanter of whom the old man had spoken
    in Scene 24. Beyond the forest they met Launcelot and Galahad,
    and there was much rejoicing.
    ALL: Yay! Yay!
    NARRATOR: In the frozen land of Nador they were forced to eat
    Robin's minstrels. And there was much rejoicing.
    ALL: Yay!
    NARRATOR: A year passed. Winter changed into Spring. Spring
    changed into Summer. Summer changed back into Winter. And Winter
    gave Spring and Summer a miss and went straight on into Autumn.
    Until one day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markp.com

    Until one day...
    Arthur: O Knights of Ni. We have brought you your shrubbery. May we go now?
    Knight of Ni: Yes, it is a good shrubbery. I like the laurels particularly.
    But there is one small problem....
    Arthur: What is that?
    Knight of Ni: We are now no longer the Knights Who Say "Ni"!
    Other Knights of Ni: Ni! Shh! Shh!
    Knight of Ni: We are now the Knights who say "Ekky-ekky-ekky-ekky-z'Bang, zoom-Boing, z'nourrrwringmm".

    I was close

    just because your Brittish doesn't mean you have the Monty Python market cornered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by admedia
    I was close

    just because your Brittish doesn't mean you have the Monty Python market cornered.
    No, you weren't close at all... But the fact that I can spell British helps

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    Good morning Mark and the gang,

    This data is due today, in about 25 minutes. I've already compared it with Wikipedia, my class notes, and my text book, but I wanted to see if any of you guys knew anything about it to make sure I got all of the key points. Instead, this has become a Monty Python thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markp.com
    Do you mean... "Nnnnnn-eii!"
    haha. yes. need to do a reviewing of that one.

    is that movie as widely celebrated there as it is here? or is something we latched onto like the germans and hasselhoff?

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    Sorry Ultima...I was the one that derailed the train.

    I know it's probably a bit late, but i bet there's a forum dedicated to european history somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indivision
    haha. yes. need to do a reviewing of that one.

    is that movie as widely celebrated there as it is here? or is something we latched onto like the germans and hasselhoff?
    Nah, its barely mentioned here... sadly... Its all alternative comedy these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markp.com
    the fact that I can spell British helps
    King of the who?

    scary... this could go on forever.

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    What about the fears and terrible monster with the fangs? Or was it a bunny?
    Or the holy hand grenade?
    Ah, i loved that movie.

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