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The French Navy and the Seven Years' War (France Overseas


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Authoritative study emphasizing the war's tragedy rather than its glory

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List of mapsPreface1. 1748-1754 An Uneasy Peace The War of the Austrian Succession and the Decline of Franco-British Relations The French Navy and Its Legacy of Failure From Competition to Crisis in North America2. 1755 Countering the British Assault Louis XV and His Council of State Negotiations Fail and Both Sides Prepare for War The Unsuccessful Attacks by Boscawen and Braddock The Naval War Widens The Question of Hanover Preparing the French Navy for War3. 1756 Franch Takes the Offensive Victory at Minorca The Capture of Oswego Machault's Accomplishments The First Stage of the Diplomatic Revolution The Opening of Hostilities in Central Europe4. 1757 To the Edge of Victory The King Sacrifices Machault New France Spared Disaster Deferred The Second Treaty of Versailles The Convention of Klosterzeven Rossbach, Leuthen, and Their Consequences5. 1758 A Year of Depression Louisbourg Lost, Canada Again Spared The French Navy's Other Commitments On the Defensive in Germany The Dismissal of Bernis6. 1759 The Annus Horribilis New Arrangements with Austria and Plans to Invade Britian The Caribbean and the Carnatic The Assault on Canada Continental War and Diplomacy Financial Crisis, Naval Disaster, and the King's Personal Loss7. 1760 Adversity and Revival Discussions at The Hague The French Navy's Reduced Budget The End of French Canada The Revival of the French Army in Germany8. 1761 Saving the Navy's Future Preserving the Initiative in Germany The Opening of Negotiations France Loses Peace but Gains Another Ally Spain Enters the War Choiseul Becomes Naval Minister9. 1762 Military Failures, Diplomatic Success An Inglorious Final Campaign The Search for Peace Resumes The Best Peace Possible10. Epilogue Toward a New War, 1763-1774 The Duc de Choiseul and the Rebuilding of the French Navy The "Secret du Roi" and the American Revolution Appendix A: French Ships of the Line, 1 January 1744Appendix B French Ships of the Line, 1 January 1749Appendix C: French Ships of the Line and Frigates, 1 January 1755Appendix D: Order of Battle, 1 June 1755Appendix E: Order of Battle, 1 June 1756Appendix F: Order of Battle, 1 June 1757Appendix G: Order of Battle, 1 June 1758Appendix H: Order of Battle, 1 June 1759Appendix I: Order of Battle, 1 June 1760Appendix J: Order of Battle, 1 June 1761Appendix K: Order of Battle, 1 June 1762Appendix L: French Ships of the Line and Frigates, 1 January 1763 Notes BibliographyIndex

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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.


In this study of what he describes as "the world's first global conflict, spanning five continents and the critical sea lanes that connected them," Dull (The French Navy and American Independence: A Study of Arms and Diplomacy, 1774-1787) notes that the Seven Years' War actually consisted of two great conflicts-the 1754-60 French and Indian War and the 1756-63 European Seven Years' War-and that the treaties resolving these conflicts had perhaps a greater impact on American history than on European. In exploring and explaining this impact, Dull's work-following in the footsteps of several similar ground-breaking studies (e.g., Arthur Herman's To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World)-offers a useful integration of diplomatic, naval, military, and political history. Dull also contributes a formidable 41-page bibliography, including hitherto unpublished material from the French Foreign Ministry Archives and the French National Archives in Paris. In the final analysis, suggests Dull, "It is difficult to judge any of its participants a real winner, consideringthe destabilization of relations between Great Britain and British North America, the wrenching effects on the society and culture of French Canada, and the loss of Indian autonomy." This survey is invaluable in revealing how international relationships, during a crucial perioded of history, both prospered and perished. Recommended for academic libraries and for public libraries with an interest in naval history.-Robert C. Jones, Warrensburg, MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"This excellent book deserves a wide audience. It far surpasses most histories of the Seven Years' War... This book belongs on the shelf of anyone seriously interested in early American and Atlantic history, French maritime and naval history, and in the history of international relations in the eighteenth century." James Pritchard, Journal of Military History

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