British Foreign Policy in an Age of Revolutions, 1783-1793

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 14, 1994 - History - 559 pages
In 1783 Britain had lost America and was unstable domestically. By 1793 she had regained her position as the leading global power. During the intervening years Britain went several times to the brink of war, and in 1793 Britain and France went beyond the brink. These successive crises are examined in an effort to throw light on the British state in an "Age of Revolutions." This is a study of British foreign policy in a crucial period of international political development. It provides a comprehensive account of the subject, and acts as a guide to the nature of the British state in the period and to international relations.
 

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Contents

The aftermath of war
11
Years of isolation 17831786
21
Trade France and the Dutch 17861787
99
To the banks of the Danube 17871790
156
To the shores of the Pacific
225
The failure of Britains continental policy 17901791
257
AngloFrench relations from the Dutch crisis to the Declaration of Pillnitz 17871791
329
Neutrality 17911792
377
The coming of war 17921793
406
The domestic context of foreign policy
472
The international system
519
Index
546
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