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By Jeremy Black

Why did Britain's place dramatically increase among 1739 and 1763? during this examine, the writer examines a pivotal interval in Britain's upward thrust to energy prestige that culminated within the defeat of France within the fight for North the US within the Seven Years' warfare. The valuable issues during this booklet are the alternatives among struggle and peace, the USA of Europe. Due weight is given to the interval of the warfare of the Austrian Succession 1740-48, while British coverage was once faraway from profitable and whilst the key topic used to be crisis with ecu advancements, and to the years of inter-war international relations, while the schedule was back ruled through eu advancements, particularly the try to create a continental method of collective safeguard to off set the Franco-Prussian alliance. targeting the international relations of the interval instead of, as with nearly all of works, emphasizing the dominance of a fight with France for colonial and maritime superiority, new gentle is thrown on British international coverage during this interval.

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These failures exposed the folly of assuming that it would be possible to revive the successes of John, 1st Duke of Marlborough at the head of an AngloDutch-Austrian alliance in the War of the Spanish Succession (1702–13). Defeat helped to lead to an Orangist coup in the United Provinces in 1747, William IV reviving the authority once enjoyed by William III after 45 years of republican control. This was encouraged, abetted and applauded by the British, Newcastle, then Secretary of State for the Southern Department, being sure that it “must give more weight to the king, and more stability to the affairs of Europe than any event that has happened this century”, except the Hanoverian succession.

65 Though not free of controversy, the terms fortified the impression created by the war: that the colonial and maritime balance of power had been destroyed and that Britannia ruled the waves. Frederick had not been so fortunate, although, given the odds against him, he had done remarkably well. Whereas Britain was able to cope with her enemies separately, defeating France before fighting Spain, Frederick faced simultaneously the enmity of Russia, Austria, France and, from 1757, Sweden. He received Br itish financial and military support, but although of considerable assistance against France, British, Hanoverian and Hessian forces played no role against Frederick’s foremost military rivals, Austria and Russia, and the British refused to send to the Baltic the fleet that he demanded 26 INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS repeatedly.

In fact it was divided politically, especially after the death of William IV in 1751, and increasingly weak in military strength and government finances. Nevertheless, in any likely future conflict with France and Prussia, the Dutch would be of strategic importance, their army and navy were not inconsiderable, and the country, if not the federal government, was still wealthy. 27 The breakdown of these shared views helped to precipitate the “Diplomatic Revolution” of 1756. The crucial new developments that constituted this revolution were alliances between Britain and Prussia, and France and Austria, both negotiated in 1756: the Convention of Westminster of 16 January and the First Treaty of Versailles of 1 May.

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