The Rise of the Great Powers 1648 - 1815

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Routledge, Sep 19, 2014 - History - 392 pages
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The heyday of the European states system was in the century before the First World War. How the system of five great powers in conscious equilibrium came into being is the central theme of this book.
 

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"The Rise of the Great Powers, 1648-1815" is the history of how the European State system that existed in the century before World War I, given that premise historians Derek McKay and H.M. Scott focus ... Read full review

Contents

1 The rise of France 164888
1
2 The rise of Britain 16881714
43
3 The emergence of Austria and Russia 16601721
67
4 British diplomatic ascendancy and the entente 17141731
94
5 The recovery of Prance 17311739
138
6 A new pattern 17391763
159
7 Diplomacy and the European states system
201
8 Partition diplomacy in eastern Europe 17631795
215
9 AngloBourbon relations in Europe and overseas 17631790
253
10 Europe and the French Revolution 17891802
272
11 Napoleon and Europe 18021815
303
12 The great powers in 1815
339
Bibliography
345
Maps
359
Index
370
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Derek McKay is Senior Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics.

H.M. Scott is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St. Andrews.

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