America or Europe?: British Foreign Policy, 1739-63

America or Europe?: British Foreign Policy, 1739-63

by Professor Jeremy Black, Jeremy Black
     
 

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Why did Britain's position dramatically improve between 1739 and 1763? In this study, the author examines a pivotal period in Britain's rise to power status that culminated in the defeat of France in the struggle for North America in the Seven Years' War. The central themes in this book are the choices between war and peace, America of Europe. Due weight is given

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Why did Britain's position dramatically improve between 1739 and 1763? In this study, the author examines a pivotal period in Britain's rise to power status that culminated in the defeat of France in the struggle for North America in the Seven Years' War. The central themes in this book are the choices between war and peace, America of Europe. Due weight is given to the period of the War of the Austrian Succession 1740-48, when British policy was far from successful and when the major theme was concern with European developments, and to the years of inter-war diplomacy, when the agenda was once again dominated by European developments, specifically the attempt to create a continental system of collective security to off set the Franco-Prussian alliance. Focusing on the diplomacy of the period rather than, as with the majority of works, emphasizing the dominance of a struggle with France for colonial and maritime superiority, new light is thrown on British foreign policy in this period.

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In his introduction, the author asserts that the study of international relations has not been at the center of historical inquiry for several decades, and the perspectives that it offers have been generally neglected. Toward rectifying such neglect, this study focuses on a crucial period of British history<-->a pivotal period in Britain's rise to great power status. The diplomacy of the period and factors influencing the formulation of Britain's foreign policy are addressed. Discussion includes the parliament, the crown, and the domestic debate over policy, thus giving a portrait of the British political state. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781857281859
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.67(d)

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