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

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

  • Date Published: April 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466844

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  • 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 and to the international relations of the period. In 1783 Britain had lost America and was unstable domestically. By 1793 she had regained her position as the leading global maritime, colonial and commercial power. During the intervening years Britain went several times to the brink of war, in 1787 with France over control of the Dutch and their Empire, in 1790 with Spain over the British claim to settle on the Pacific coast of modern Canada, and in 1791 with Russia over the fate of the Turkish Empire. In 1793 Britain and revolutionary France went beyond the brink, a struggle which was crucial for both countries. Each of these crises is examined in an effort to throw light on the British state in an 'age of revolutions'.

    • A major scholarly study by one of Britain's best-known and most prolific young historians
    • Offers new material on the impact of the French Revolution and on the nature of British imperialism
    • The first book to take this important period as a unit and to give it a unified and coherent treatment
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    'This is an important and impressive book, in which a mastery of detail is allied to an appreciation of longer-term issues. It is diplomatic history written through a knowledge of sources, a regard for the importance of narrative in establishing the truth of events and a capacity to balance continuity and discontinuity in the interpretation of the past.' John Derry, The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: April 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466844
    • length: 574 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 9 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The aftermath of war
    2. Years of isolation, 1783–6
    3. Trade, France and the Dutch, 1786–7
    4. To the banks of the Danube, 1787–90
    5. To the shore of the Pacific
    6. The failure of Britain's continental policy, 1780–91
    7. Anglo-French relations from the fall of the Bastille to the Declaration of Pillnitz, 1789–91
    8. Neutrality, 1791–2
    9. The coming of war, 1792–3
    10. The domestic context of foreign policy
    11. The international system.

  • Author

    Jeremy Black, University of Durham

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