France under Louis XV - Vol. 2

France under Louis XV - Vol. 2

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France under Louis XV - Vol. 2

France under Louis XV - Vol. 2

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When the war of the Austrian Succession was ended by the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, Frederick declared this was only a truce, a breathing-spell, which would allow the combatants to form new combinations, and to renew the strife under more favorable conditions. His prophecy was verified, and his own conduct had much to do with changing the political system of Europe.

The origin of the Seven Years' war is usually attributed to the alliance between France and Austria, and to the endeavor of those countries to punish Frederick for his ambition and bad faith, and so reduce the power of Prussia that her place in Europe would be as insignificant as it had been under Frederick's father. But questions were to be decided more weighty than that of the balance of power on the Continent; it was from the contest between French and English influence, both in the East and the West, that a war began, of which the results were as momentous as the repulse of Saracen invasion at Poitiers, or the overthrow of the Spanish armada in the English Channel.

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