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2 Spanish Milan, 1535–1706

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In November 1535, after the death of the Sforza, who left no legitimate heirs, the state, as an imperial fief, returned juridically under the rule of Charles V. The control over the State of Milan had enormous strategic implications, especially from a Spanish perspective. The current wars and the defense of the State continued to present grave concerns for the Spanish government. The Spanish government began a massive sale of fiscal revenues that would become the cornerstone of a growing consolidated debt. Milan would symbolize the benefits and advantages of being under the rule of the Spanish government to the other Italian states. Indeed, besides becoming the center of military command in Spanish Italy, Milan also served as one of the major centers of the complex Spanish diplomatic networks in the peninsula. After the Treaty of Cherasco in 1631, Milan enjoyed only a few years of peace.

Keywords: Charles V; Italian military power; Spanish government; Spanish Milan; Treaty of Cherasco; Visconti-Sforza period



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