The aim of this book is to provide a clear and simple survey of the history of Europe in the period between 1715 and 1815. The author has concentrated upon supplying information about the development of the main issues of this century. The narrative has been made as simple and intelligible as possible so that a broad view of European affairs will not be obscured by the inclusion of over-much detail. The book is chiefly concerned with the outstanding questions in the relations of the various powers and the leading figures who took part in the events of the time. The internal history of separate countries is considered where it is important in relation to European history as a whole. This has inevitably meant that much space is given to France, the French Revolution and Napoleon, but developments in other countries, such as Prussia and Russia, are not neglected. At the same time, such matters as population, religion and thought, social and economic developments, war and diplomacy, are surveyed in the introductory chapters.
The use of footnotes is confined to indicating complementary passages in the book so that repetition is avoided and the chapters are linked together.
An indication of the many writers on this period to whom the author is indebted would be too lengthy to include. The bibliography consists largely of the leading authorities in English, which may be used for further information on particular topics.