The War of the Austrian Succession / Edition 1

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Reed S. Browning explores the often-changing war aims of the major belligerents-Austria, France, Great Britain, Prussia, Piedmont-Sardinia, and Spain-and links diplomatic and military events to the political and social context from which they arose.

Browning provides a highly readable, coherent narrative of a complex period which fundamentally shaped the European state system. He explores the often-changing war aims of the major belligerents--Austria, France, Great Britain, Prussia, Piedmont-Sardinia, and Spain--and links diplomatic and military events to the political and social context from which they arose. Maps.

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"At long last we have a thoroughly researched and comprehensive history of the War of the Austrian Succession. Professor Browning has written a witty and engaging narrative that turns the volume's size into a real plus for students and scholars of military and diplomatic history. This is good, old-fashioned history at its best." Charles Ingrao, Purdue University
A narrative focusing on the vast conflict that lasted for eight years and involved almost all of the European powers and their empires. The author emphasizes the often changing war aims of the major belligerents and links diplomatic and military events to the political and social contexts from which they arose. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312125615
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 644,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Designs of Europe
Ch. 1 The Framework of War 3
Ch. 2 The Constellation of States 13
Pt. I The Lure of Depredation, October 1740-July 1742
Ch. 3 The Temptation of War, October 1740-April 1741 37
Ch. 4 France's Diplomatic Noose, April-September 1741 55
Ch. 5 The Abasement of Austria, September 1741-January 1742 73
Ch. 6 The Turn of the Tide, January-June 1742 91
Pt. II The Redefinition of Goals, July 1742-August 1744
Ch. 7 All Eyes on Bohemia, July-December 1742 113
Ch. 8 Britain Seizes the Initiative, January-September 1743 129
Ch. 9 Bourbon Solidarity, September 1743-April 1744 149
Ch. 10 The Engulfing Maelstrom, April-August 1744 163
Pt. III A Cacophony of Purposes, August 1744-December 1745
Ch. 11 The Worms Alliance Flourishes, August 1744-January 1745 181
Ch. 12 Maurice and Frederick, January-June 1745 199
Ch. 13 The Worms Alliance Withers, June-September 1745 219
Ch. 14 Infelix Austria, September-December 1745 235
Pt. IV The Reassertion of Tradition, December 1745-October 1747
Ch. 15 The Foundering of French Policy, December 1745-June 1746 257
Ch. 16 The Bourbons Fall Out, June-December 1746 273
Ch. 17 Further Revolutionary Intrusions, December 1746-May 1747 291
Ch. 18 Athens and Sparta, May-October 1747 307
Pt. V A Peace of Exhaustion, October 1747-October 1748
Ch. 19 The Collapse of the Case for War, October 1747-April 1748 327
Ch. 20 The Triumph of the Diplomats, April-October 1748 349
Ch. 21 The Balance Sheet 365
Notes 379
Bibliography 403
Index 433
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