Phillip Ii Essay

951 WordsJan 15, 20124 Pages
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”- Jim Rhon. A good leader should allow there people to be secure, and allow the people to grow financially, and he/she should be able to represent there peoples values. Philip II didn’t do any of that. Philip was a murderous oppressor, who acquired large debts from his military actions, and imposed high taxes on his citizens which evidently led to his ultimate failure. Philip is called close minded and said to be selfish with his money. The definition of a leader is a person who rules or guides or inspires others. Philip II was a tyrant and a Catholic Zealot who was extremely reckless with his money, and its for those reasons that Philip II, has no principles, and should not be called a leader. The quote “Philip taxed his country to the utmost in order to pay for his multitude of wars and campaigns. By placing high taxes on imported luxury goods, he inadvertently encouraged smuggling. Philip's monstrous palace and monastery at Escorial had consumed much of Spanish wealth.” (http://www.hyperhistory.net/apwh/bios/b2philip2-spain.htm). Clearly states that Philip II did not value his money at all. He owed 36 million ducats with an annual deficit of 1 million ducats; this was because of his recklessness with money and because of all the money he wasted on wars. Aside from reducing state revenues for overseas expeditions, the domestic policies of Philip II further burdened Spain and would in the following century, contribute to its decline. This caused inflation and a high tax for all the workers under his rule. The Spending of all this money lead to Spain's first bankruptcy in 1557 due to rising military costs. This eventually led to a failure in

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