The French Navy and the Seven Years' War

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U of Nebraska Press, Dec 1, 2007 - History - 445 pages
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The Seven Years? War was the world?s first global conflict, spanning five continents and the critical sea lanes that connected them. This book is the fullest account ever written of the French navy?s role in the hostilities. It is also the most complete survey of both phases of the war: the French and Indian War in North America (1754?60) and the Seven Years? War in Europe (1756?63), which are almost always treated independently. By considering both phases of the war from every angle, award-winning historian Jonathan R. Dull shows not only that the two conflicts are so interconnected that neither can be fully understood in isolation but also that traditional interpretations of the war are largely inaccurate. His work also reveals how the French navy, supposedly utterly crushed, could have figured so prominently in the War of American Independence only fifteen years later. ř A comprehensive work integrating diplomatic, naval, military, and political history, The French Navy and the Seven Years? War thoroughly explores the French perspective on the Seven Years? War. It also studies British diplomacy and war strategy as well as the roles played by the American colonies, Spain, Austria, Prussia, Russia, Sweden, and Portugal. As this history unfolds, it becomes clear that French policy was more consistent, logical, and successful than has previously been acknowledged, and that King Louis XV?s conduct of the war profoundly affected the outcome of America?s subsequent Revolutionary War.
 

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Contents

17481754 An Uneasy Peace
1
The French Navy and Its Legacy of Failure
9
From Competition to Crisis in North America
12
1755 Counter the British Assault
20
Negotiations Fail and Both Sides Prepare for War
26
The Unsuccessful Attacks by Boscawen and Braddock
31
The Naval War Widens
35
The Question of Hanover
39
The French Navys Reduced Budget
170
The End of French Canada
173
The Revival of the French Army in Germany
179
1761 Saving the Navys Future
187
The Opening of Negotiations
191
France Loses Peace but Gains Another Ally
196
Spain Enter the War
206
Choiseul Becomes Naval Minister
211

Preparing the French Navy for War
45
1756 France Takes the Offensive
50
The Capture of Oswego
54
Machaults Accomplishments
59
The First Stage of the Diplomatic Revolution
64
The Opening of Hostilities in Central Europe
67
1757 To the Edge of Victory
75
New France Spared
78
Disaster Deferred
83
The Second Treaty of Versailles
89
The Convention of Klosterzeven
94
Rossbach Leuthen and Their Consequences
100
1758 A Year of Desperation
105
The French Navys Other Commitments
112
On the Defensive in Germany
119
The Dismissal of Bernis
125
1759 The Annus Horribilis
131
The Caribbean and the Carnatic
138
The Assault on Canada
142
Continental War and Diplomacy
151
Financial Crisis Naval Disaster and the Kings Personal Loss
158
1760 Adversity and Revival
164
1762 Military Failures Diplomatic Success
218
The Search for Peace Resumes
228
The Best Peace Possible
236
Epilogue Toward a New War 17631774
245
The Secret du Roi and the American Revolution
249
French Ships of the Line 1 January 1744
257
French Ships of the Line 1 January 1749
258
French Ships of the Line and Frigates 1 January 1755
259
Order of Battle 1 June 1755
261
Order of Battle 1 June 1756
263
Order of Battle 1 June 1757
266
Order of Battle 1 June 1758
269
Order of Battle 1 June 1759
272
Order of Battle 1 June 1760
275
Order of Battle 1 June 1761
278
Order of Battle 1 June 1762
281
French Ships of the Line and Frigates 1 January 1763
285
Notes
287
Bibliography
383
Index
425
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Jonathan R. Dull is a senior associate editor of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin series and author of the award-winning history The French Navy and American Independence: A Study of Arms and Diplomacy, 1774-1787.

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